Jury Finds Tavares Fletcher Guilty Of Capital Murder

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Tavares Fletcher

Tavares Fletcher

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.