MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - One of the men accused of killing a local grandfather and his grandson has been found guilty of capital murder.
According to the district attorney's office, Tavares Jones is automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Jones was the first of three suspects to go on trial for the killings of Willie Sullivan Senior and his grandson, Glenn Sullivan.
They were shot to death in a home off of Old Military Road in June 2011. Investigators said Jones and Bryant Reynolds went in the home and shot 12-year-old Glenn in the living room.
Investigators believe the commotion awoke the grandfather, and he came out shooting at the suspects. Jones' head was grazed by one of those bullets.
Investigators believe a third suspect, Ricky Turner was the getaway driver.
FOX10 News spoke to Erica House, Glenn Sullivan's mother, after the conviction.
“It has been very, very emotional and I’m just ready to get some sleep now," House said. “[God] gave us strength through it all, and we’re just glad it’s over.”
District Attorney Ashley Rich said the state could not seek the death penalty against Jones, ruled mentally handicapped. She said all three other defendants will face capital punishment.
“We are very, very pleased with the verdict," Rich said. "This is just one step of the way for this family, though. There are three other co-defendants, so this is not going to be their first time in court, nor will it be their last.”
There was obvious disappointment for Jason Darley and the defense regarding the verdict. It was tempered, though, since in his opening statement, Darley admitted there were no winners in this case.
“You’ve got a family that lost two loved ones on one side, and you’ve got four other families that are likely to lose their family members for a long time, if not life," Darley said.
The next trial for the case is set for January 6.
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