A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or probation after key testimony from an eyewitness helped secure a conviction for murder.
Kenneth Hurse stood trial last month for a murder in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood in June of 2010.
The victim was sitting in his parked vehicle when the defendant approached the passenger side and shot the victim four times in the head and chest area.
“The defendant walked up to a vehicle around noon in a crowded public area and assassinated the victim as he sat in his car," wrote Assistant Circuit Attorney Jeff Coleman in court documents. "His brazen act shows an utter disregard for the safety of the community and the law."
An eyewitness to the murder recounted what he saw to the jury. The jury also examined photos from the scene and heard all available evidence presented at the trial.
After ACA Jeff Coleman delivered closing arguments, the jury deliberated for 40 minutes. They unanimously found Hurse guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Thursday, a judge sentenced Hurse to life without the possibility of probation or parole.
Hurse had several prior convictions, including a weapons charge.