GEORGETOWN (July 16, 2013)—Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday in Georgetown before returning a guilty verdict in the capital murder trial of Albert Love, the second man to be tried for the 2011 shooting deaths of two men at the Lakewood Villa apartments in Waco.
Jurors began deliberations at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday and reached a verdict at 10:45 a.m.
Jurors will return to court on Wednesday to hear testimony in the punishment phase of the trial.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Love was charged in the March 28, 2011 shooting deaths of Tyus Sneed, 17, and Keenan Hubert, 20, both of whom died in a hail of bullets as they sat inside a car parked at Lakewood Villas apartment complex on Spring Street.
Marion Bible, then 22, and Deontrae Majors, then 20, were wounded in the shooting, which prosecutors say was in retaliation for the April 2010 murder of Emuel Bowers III, 21, who was shot as he sat in his car at the intersection of Rose and McKeen Streets.
Love's trial was moved to Georgetown because of heavy media coverage of the trial of the first defendant, Rickey Cummings last fall.
Cummings was found guilty of capital murder and then sentenced to death on Nov. 7, 2012.
Darvis Cummings, Ricky Cummings’ brother, has yet to go to court but also is charged with capital murder in the shooting.