HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County jury found a man guilty of capital murder on Monday afternoon.
The verdict was not a surprise, because Tavares Fletcher pleaded guilty to capital murder last week. This is for the 2008 shooting death of Jerry Richard during a robbery.
Under Alabama law, a defendant who pleads guilty to capital murder must still stand trial. The state must prove the person’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The trial began Monday morning and the jury got the case just before 4 p.m. They returned with the verdict about 20 minutes later.
Shortly afterward, a judge sentenced Fletcher to life in prison without parole.
Fletcher is already serving a life sentence without parole for the attempted murder of gymnastics teacher Meg Hall.