NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - A jury has found a Florida man guilty of killing a North Carolina state trooper.
Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that the jury found Edwardo Wong Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla., guilty of first-degree murder after 30 days of testimony.
The jury began its deliberation Thursday morning. Wong was charged with shooting Highway Patrol Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr. during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Canton.
Defense attorney Mark Melrose acknowledged that Wong shot Blanton three times. But Melrose said Wong lacked the premeditation and deliberation necessary for a first-degree murder conviction.
But Prosecutor Jim Moore said Wong made several decisions in the four-minute stop that ended with Blanton being shot three times as he begged his killer to stop.