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Jury reaches verdict in Donelson trial

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jurors found Albert 'Batman' Donelson not guilty of robbery and guilty of aggravated assault Wednesday.

Jurors deliberated for about 2 hours Wednesday evening before returning a verdict against the 39 year old Donelson.

The state rested after calling their last witness Robert Crosby, the victim earlier in the day.

Donelson and co-defendant Eric Lindsey were accused of beating Robert Crosby in September of last year.

Crosby was found nude and badly beaten, stuffed in a shopping cart in front of the Star Grocery, which is less than a block from Donelson's home. 

Lindsey was found not guilty of robbery and convicted of simple assault. He was sentenced to 11 months in jail.

Donelson was ordered to serve 20 years behind bars.

Crosby testified that he couldn't remember the assault, and still has seizures, and problems walking stemming from the incident.

During an interview with WLBT last year, Donelson said he was shot at two weeks before the incident and saw someone snooping around his house with walkie talkies the night of the incident.

Police testified that clothes with Crosby's blood were found inside Donelson's home weeks after the beating.

Former Jackson Police Detective Richard Stevenson testified that Donelson had blood on his legs when they interviewed him.  DNA tests revealed it was Crosby's blood. 

Donelson and two other alleged "Wood Street Playaz" gang members were acquitted of murder in April of 2006.

Donelson served six years for a gun possession charge.

Some of Donelson's family members left the courthouse upset and in tears Wednesday night.

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