Jury Deliberates in Subway Murder Trial

By Danielle Johnson
|  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Jury Deliberates in Subway Murder Trial

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A Philadelphia jury began deliberations Monday in the trial of three teenagers accused in a deadly beating of a Starbucks coffee shop manager on a Septa subway concourse last year.

Prosecutors said three truant teens -- Ameer Best, 18, Nashir Fisher, 17, and Kinta Stanton, 17 -- beat 36-year old Sean Conroy on a dare.  Conroy, who died of an asthma attack following the attack, was picked at random, according to prosecutors.

“Street cred was more important than human life,” said Prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho. “They left their character on the concourse,” she said regarding the defendants, according to KYW1060.

Rasheem Bell, who pleaded guilty is cooperating with authorities and testified that all three defendants took part in the attack, according to KYW.

But defense lawyers said the suspects lacked the malice required to convict them of third degree murder.

Best and Fisher said they never touched Conroy.  Two other teens involved in the attack pled guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing.
 

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