Jury votes in favor of death penalty for Florence man found guilty of capital murder

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – After an hour and a half of deliberations Thursday, a Colbert County jury voted in favor of giving a Florence man the death penalty.

Benjamin Young was found guilty Wednesday of capital murder, first-degree assault, and shooting into an occupied vehicle for his part in a 2016 fatal shooting. Judge Hal Hughston could go along with the jury’s recommendation or give him life without parole.

(Image: Kijana Freeman’s family)

Young is one of five people arrested in relation to the shooting death of 19-year-old Kijana Freeman on March 1, 2016.  A second teen was also injured.

Investigators say Freeman and the other victim were expecting to meet someone to sell an Xbox that night.  Instead, a white Dodge truck pulled up behind his car, two men jumped out and started firing shots.

L to R: Peter Capote, Thomas Hubbard, and Benjamin Young (Photos: Tuscumbia Police)

According to investigators, Thomas Hubbard believed Freeman stole an Xbox from him during a burglary and devised a plan to hurt Freeman.

Freeman died at Helen Keller Hospital shortly after arrival.