Jury returns verdict in Evansville teen’s murder case
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The trial for an 18-year-old accused of murder in a 2021 shooting began Monday.
The jury began deliberating Tuesday, and we’re told they have found Samajui Barnes guilty of murder and on a firearms enhancement.
He’s accused of shooting 37-year-old Johnathan Stitts to death in October 2021.
Evansville Police say they arrived at Parrett Street near Haynie’s Corner after a report of gunshots.
They say they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block just after 8 a.m.
That man was later identified as Stitts.
Barnes was 17 years old at the time of the murder, but he was tried as an adult.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 8 for 9 a.m.
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