Convicted murderer sentenced to life without parole

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UPDATE:

Dennis has been sentenced to life without parole. The jury voted on the sentence 11 to one.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Four days of deliberation, that’s how long it took for a Houston County jury to find Nathaniel Dennis guilty of one count of capital murder-burglary.

Dennis was arrested in 2012 and charged with capital murder for shooting Earnest Russell Douglas to death during a robbery of the station at 3033 Reeves St., more than three decades earlier. Douglas was shot on Sept. 26, 1981, and died from his injuries several days later on Oct. 7.

Tuesday morning, the jury heard closing arguments from both Houston County District Attorney Pat Jones and Eric Davis, Dennis’s attorney.

D.A. Pat Jones asked the jury to come back with the penalty of death and to do justice for the family.

During his closing argument, Davis says there is no room for doubt and asked the jury to come back with the verdict of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The jury returns this afternoon to deliberate, and we will try to have an update as soon as possible.

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