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Man convicted in 2009 Conti Lane murder case

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Adrian L. Stewart (Source: Montgomery Police) Adrian L. Stewart (Source: Montgomery Police)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Montgomery man has been found guilty on two counts of capital murder, assault 2nd degree and felon in possession of a firearm for his role in a June 2009 homicide on Conti Lane.

Adrian Stewart had been previously convicted of murder in 2005 and was out on probation at the time that he shot and killed Cornelius Thomas on June 24, 2009. 

A jury convicted Stewart after a week long trial last week. During the penalty phase, the jury recommended the defendant be sentenced to life without parole.  

Judge William Shashy is set to hold a final sentencing hearing on Jan 16, 2013 to determine whether Stewart will be giving life without parole or the death penalty.  

"We are grateful for the hard work and consideration of the jury in this case," said DDA John Kachelman. "Capital cases are never easy for anyone--including the family, jury or prosecution. The family of Cornelius and the State of Alabama are glad there is closure and justice in this case. This defendant took Cornelius' life and now he will face his punishment." 

Thomas was shot in the abdomen and remained hospitalized until his death two months later. It took more than a year before the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force was able to take Stewart into custody for the crime

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