Jury convicts man for fatal shooting outside Davenport bar

January 16, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a man for the shooting death of another Davenport man outside a bar.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday morning before finding 37-year-old Deondra Thomas guilty of a weapons crime and first-degree murder. They deliberated for less than 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon following closing arguments. Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced March 1 to the state’s mandatory of life in prison.

Officers sent to check a report of gunshots early on June 9 found 46-year-old Jason Roberts outside MVP Sports Bar suffering from three bullet wounds. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Prosecutors say Thomas had interjected himself into a disagreement among friends. Defense attorney Jack Dusthimer questioned the credibility of several of the witnesses.

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