Jury finds Montavious Askew guilty

Jury finds Montavious Askew guilty

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – The future of a 22-year-old Lee County man on trial for murder has been decided.

After about two hours of deliberations, the jury found Montavious Askew guilty in the shooting death Andrew Jones back in March 2013 outside an Opelika Home.

Investigators testified Jones named Askew as his shooter before he died.

Jurors also heard testimony from an inmate of Askew, who testified the defendant told him in jail, he killed Jones with a .40 caliber pistol to collect $10,000 in a murder-for-hire scheme.

The defense maintains Askew is not guilty. Askew did not take the stand in his own defense, and his attorney Susan James says they will appeal.

"Well obviously we're disappointed," James said. "It's been a long tough week. I thought we put a lot of holes in the state's case and argued that we didn't think they proved it beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury disagreed, so we'll get the transcript and move forward toward the appeal."

"I'm very happy with the verdict," said Jessica Ventiere, Lee County assistant district attorney. "This defendant Montavious is a very dangerous individual and I'm so thankful the jury took the time to consider all of the evidence and come to the right decision. I'm very proud of the witnesses in this case. It took a lot of courage to face him."

After the verdict, the victim's family thanked and hugged prosecutors.

The district attorney's office says the murder for hire aspect of this case is still under investigation. So far Askew has been the only one charged and now convicted, but more arrests could be made.

Askew faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 20 at 9 a.m. 

Stay tuned for more details as they develop. 

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