Conviction upheld for driver in Vernon Forrest murder
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction of the getaway driver involved in the 2009 slaying of former two-division champion Vernon Forrest.
The state’s highest court published its opinion on Monday, ruling that J’Quante Crews was guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” for his role in the killing of Forrest and that his life sentence without parole should be maintained, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors in the case said Crews was present with accomplices DeMario Ware and Charmon Sinkfield when Forrest was killed at an Atlanta gas station on the night of July 25, 2009. Forrest stopped to pump air in his tires and was robbed of a Rolex watch and championship ring by Ware.
Forrest gave chase and was shot in the back by Sinkfield. The two fled in a car that was driven by Crews, who was given a life sentence in April of 2012. Ware and Sinkfield also received life sentences with no chance for parole.
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