WELLINGTON, Fla. — Jurors have convicted a man of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in the 2014 killing of a Chevron gas station clerk in Wellington.
Family members ran out of court on Thursday, emotional, as 25-year-old Lajayvian Daniels was found guilty of murdering Shihab Mahmub.
A judge sentenced Daniels to life in prison.
Prosecutors say Daniels, wearing a hooded mask, walked into the Wellington gas station on May 30, 2014, pointed a gun at the clerk and killed him.
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On Wednesday, jurors asked to review surveillance video from the crime scene, as well as a recorded interview between an investigator and Daniels less than 24 hours after the shooting took place.
The state was relying on DNA evidence found on clothing they say Daniels wore, as there were no witnesses to the crime.
However, the defense said the mask, a key piece of evidence, contained no DNA from Daniels.