Southeast Texas man guilty of murder in store clerk shooting
A jury of eight women and four men says an 18-year-old-man should spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of a Southeast Texas convenience store clerk.
The jury Friday took just over three hours to decide Labyron Warren was guilty of capital murder.
Family members rushed from the courtroom in tears after Warren was found guilty in the robbery and fatal shooting of Van's store clerk Dang Nguyen in August of 2010.
"I believe Jefferson County is safer because we've gotten this killer off the streets," said Assistant District Attorney Pat Knauth.
Knauth says a doctor told jurors Nguyen, a Lamar University student, was shot at point blank range.
"He's the shooter and we're grateful we got him off the streets," said Knauth.
Defense Attorney Tom Burbank called on the credibility of the two key witnesses that were used by the prosecution. Burbank pointed out the two men testified in court in shackles because they themselves were criminals.
"I know they've got problems but they aren't violent," said Burbank.
The prosecution used two key witnesses to directly connect Warren to the shooting. Warren's brother, and a life-long friend took the stand.
"If we hadn't had them this case would have been impossible. We had to have someone put him in the store and pulling the trigger and both did that," said Knauth.
The Nguyen family was not in the courtroom Friday, but Knauth says he has talked with the victim's mother and hopes the vredict will bring the family some peace.
"I did hear her say it's not going to bring her child back but it will ensure another mother doesn't go through the same grief and damage she has," Said Knauth.
Warren began to cuss at bailiffs as they began to put him in handcuffs after the verdict was read.
Police outside of the courthouse say Warren's family members were so upset after hearing the verdict one had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
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