Selma jury convicts man of murder

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - A jury in Selma has convicted a Georgia man of capital murder in a 2004 case and will hear evidence in the penalty phase of the trial. It could recommend the death penalty.

The jury convicted Quante Rice on Thursday in the shooting death of 37-year-old Morris Hatcher after deliberating for an hour.

Hatcher was shot to death at a car wash in Selma. Police said Rice had arrived in a car stolen in the Atlanta area.

A witness identified Rice, who was from College Park, Ga., as the man who shot Hatcher.

In penalty phase opening arguments, prosecutor Shannon Lynch said it was "a gruesome and senseless crime so Quante Rice could have Morris Hatcher's Tahoe."

Defense attorney William Whatley said taking another life would not solve anything.

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