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CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - "I am pleased that the jury has acted to deliver long-awaited justice to one of Mr. [Ronny] Holman's killers," said Attorney General Troy King Thursday. "We hope that this verdict brings some measure of comfort to the victim's family and friends for their terrible loss."
The jury did what two previous juries were unable to do. They reached a verdict in the murder trial of Jason Murphy. The two previous trials ended in hung juries.
Murphy was found guilty on felony murder charges for Holman's brutal July, 2003 death. The Titus businessman walked outside of his home on July 29, 2003 to see why his dogs were barking. What awaited him were masked intruders who shot him in the head with a high-powered rifle.
The suspects then shot into and vandalized the Holman home, burglarized it's contents and robbed Holman's widow after they'd killed him.
The other suspect in the murder, Murphy's brother Jared, has yet to go to trial however.
AG King's office presented strong evidence against Murphy at trial. Five people took the stand to say he'd confessed to the crimes while he was in jail. King said the information they gave could only have come from the killer and it was backed-up by the physical evidence at the crime scene.
For his role in the murder Jason Murphy could get up to life in prison.