Updated 06/06/2009 08:33 AM
Molina found guilty
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- It's been almost a year since Maurice Davis was killed in his sleep at his apartment in Hathorn Court. Davis died of a gunshot wound to the head from a bullet shot during a dispute involving a group of people at a nearby apartment.
The first man arrested in his death, Romondo Ross, was convicted of murder in April. Now, a jury has found the second man accused in the crime, Demetrius Molina, guilty of murder as well.
"We're very relieved by the verdict in this case, it's almost, what is it, eight, nine months since the crime. A lot of hard work, you people see, at the end the prosecution. What you don't see are all the many hours that the Elmira Police Department, the New York State Police put into this case and they really are the ones that solved this case," said Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore.
Police hope the verdict will also bring a sense of relief to Davis' wife, Tanisha Logan-Davis, who testified at both trials.
"She has a lot of compassion and forgiveness in her belief and I know she's just glad to get this over with. It's been a very trying
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experience held over her head, worrying everyday about it and I'm glad we were able to give her some closure to it for her and her family and for the community, too," said Joseph Kain, a Captain with the Elmira Police Department.
Despite the jury's decision, Molina's family and friends continue to proclaim his innocence and say they're determined to get him the justice they believe he deserves.
"We're a real strong family, we're going to stick together. We'll stick behind Demetrius. If I have to pay, if I have to empty my bank account to get this boy out, he's going to get out," said Molina's Aunt and Uncle.
"He's always maintained his innocence to me. He's always said, look I was there, but I didn't do this. I didn't have a gun and I didn't kill anyone. And I believed him. I believe him now and I believed him then," said Lawrence Fredella, Molina's Attorney.
Fredella plans to file an appeal for the case in the next few weeks.
Demetrius Molina was found guilty of manslaughter, second degree murder, second degree attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.
Molina and Romondo Ross will both be sentenced next month.