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Huntington Man Found Guilty Of Two Counts Of Murder

Reported: Apr. 22, 2014 12:23 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 22, 2014 11:07 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- A Cabell County jury took less than three hours to return two guilty verdicts for two counts of first degree murder in a double murder case in Huntington.

Family and friends of Thomas White were visibly upset after jurors came back with the verdict. Samuel Moore is a pastor to several family members and taught White in middle school. He described White as a bright, brilliant, personable kid --but fast forward to 2012-- and White was charged with the murders of Darrell Fuqua and DeVonte Penn, who died after an alleged robbery attempt. "We make choices. Sometimes those choices are detrimental," said Moore.

Defense lawyers say they're obviously disappointed with the verdict. Tim Rosinsky said, "We felt that we had planted seeds of reasonable doubt."

Prosecutor Sean Hammers said they believe jurors made the right decision. "It's a situation that our neighborhoods shouldn't have to see, but unfortunately with the drug problems that we have it leads to these types of terrible crimes, and people have to answer for them, and that's what's happened today," he said.

Hammers says he hopes the verdict serves as an example to other criminals. "We don't tolerate these types of crimes, and the people responsible will be prosecuted," he said.

White did not have a comment after the verdict was read.

Moore said he'll continue be there for White's family. "I will support the family in their time of trial right now," he said.




HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Tiersa Davis)-- A Huntington man has been found guilty in the shooting deaths of two men from Detroit, Mich.

Thomas Maurice White, 22, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday.

White was accused in the shooting deaths of Darrell Fuqua, 22, and Devonte Penn, 17, at a home on Foster Avenue in Huntington on November 6, 2012.

Jurors will convene again Wednesday to decide if White will have a chance for parole.

--Western Regional Jail Photo



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