PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A jury in Escambia County, Florida, has convicted two men of first degree murder in the 2010 death of Jerome Peters. Following the verdict, Circuit Court Judge Terry Terrell sentenced Omar Shereef Hickenbotham and Tyrone Vincent Moultrie to life in prison without parole. The pair were convicted and sentenced Friday, July 29.
Hickenbotham and Moultrie were convicted for murdering Peters on August 10, 2010. The defendants lured Peters to the Exxon station on the corner of Fairfield and "W" Street under the premise of purchasing clothing from Peters.
When Peters arrived at the Exxon he was robbed at gun point, dragged to a dark corner of the parking lot, and then shot in the head. Jewelry and clothing were taken during the robbery.
Fingerprints belonging to both defendants were found on items of evidence at the scene. DNA belonging to Hickenbotham was found under the fingernails of Peters. Additionally, both defendants made statements to other witnesses that indicated their involvement.
Hickenbotham was 19 and Moultrie was 22 at the time of their arrests.
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