Men Convicted of Murder during Drug RobberyPosted: 12/06/2019
Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Major Crimes Unit obtained convictions against two men who murdered a woman and shot two other victims during a robbery. Elijah L. Bowman, III, 20, and Amir Hassan Spears, 20, were convicted of First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Assault. Bowman was also convicted of two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder. Judge Scott Green imposed a life sentence on the murder count for each defendant and set the case for sentencing on January 17 for the remaining counts.
In a four-day trial, Assistant District Attorneys Hector Sanchez and Larry Dillon explained to the jury that on January 28, 2018, Knoxville Police Department Investigators Charlie Lee, Chas Terry, and Jason Booker responded to a call at a residence on Western Avenue. Their investigation revealed that Bowman and Spears used Snapchat to set up a drug deal intending to rob the victim of half a pound of marijuana. Bowman was in the residence conducting the drug transaction when Spears approached the front door with an AR-15 assault rifle. Spears was met by one of the surviving victims at the front door, and Spears fired his rifle, causing Bowman to pull his 9mm handgun and shoot another surviving victim. A female resident ran for cover in her room, shut the bedroom door, and was shot through the door, killing her. Bowman and Spears collected eight ounces of marijuana, $25,000 cash, and a different AR-15 before fleeing the residence.
Bowman and Spears were sentenced to life in prison on the First Degree Murder count, meaning they must serve at least fifty-one years in prison before they can meet with the parole board. Especially Aggravated Robbery is a Class A felony that carries a punishment of fifteen to twenty-five years in prison without the possibility of parole.
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