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William Wells found guilty in courthouse murder

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CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was a shocking broad daylight murder, witnessed by several people on the steps of the Madison county courthouse in 2015.Tuesday, the murder trial of William Wells concluded.  It took less than 45 minutes for a jury to find Wells guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Kendrick Brown.

Prosecutors say last August the two exchanged words at the courthouse, then Wells pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest, at point blank range.

"The facts were undisputed throughout the trial, even the defense council admitted that the large majority of the evidence that was put forth by the state was uncontested," said Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest."

Wells surrendered to deputies right after the shooting, and the murder weapon was recovered. What hasn't been clear is the motive behind the killing.
There were two theories;  one, Wells thought Brown shot his mother two days earlier; the other, Wells thought Brown had knowledge of an informant who was to testify against him in a drug case. Neither were presented during the trial.

"We talked to the family after the verdict," added Guest. "They were pleased to see justice was served in this case. The case was taken serious by law enforcement, by members of the sheriff's department, that our office was vigilant as we were able to prosecute this case and bring this case to justice."

William Wells was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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