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Jury Finds Nash Guilty of 7-11 Aggravated Robbery
A jury returned a verdict early Wednesday evening in the trial of a 23-year-old Wichita Falls man charged with the aggravated robbery of a convenience store just over a year ago.
Akeem Nash was found guilty in 30th District Court for the robbery of the 7-11 at Southwest Parkway and Barnett.
The eight woman, four man jury deliberated just about two-and-a-half hours in the case.
During that robbery, police say three men wearing masks and gloves entered the store.
They say one had a long firearm and another had a gun.
Officers say they brandished the weapons in front of the convenience store employee and got away with a little more than $100 and a couple DVD's.
Attorneys from both sides wrapped up their closing arguments around 2:30 this afternoon.
Defense Attorney Scott Stillson presented the first half of closing arguments and he said there were a lot of reasonable doubts in this case.
He says none of the evidence presented, including a sweatshirt, mask, and gun, link Nash to the crime.
Lead Defense Attorney Jim Rasmussen added two of the state's key witnesses are not trustworthy.
Those two, he says, are Nash's brother, who admitted to committing the robbery with him, and mother.
Plus, the store clerk couldn't identify Nash as one of the robbers.
Lead Prosecutor John Gillespie says this was a short but important case as we all go to convenience stores and want them to be safe.
He told the jury it's their responsibility to protect the community and find Nash guilty.
Gillespie defended the credibility of Nash's brother and mother, whose stories, he says, match up fact-for-fact.
Nash's mother testified she saw her sons and another man split up money and DVD's, though she didn't know where they were from at the time.
She testified she watched surveillance footage of the robbery on the news and knew two of her sons were involved, including Nash.
She says she sat down with the men to watch the next newscast and one of the men commented "they showed the whole thing."
Visiting Judge Roger Towery will decide on punishment tomorrow morning after attorneys present their arguments.