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After 17 hours, Devega jury still deliberating

Posted May 15

Armond Devega listens to closing arguments in his capital murder trial in for the deaths of two people during a series of Raleigh crimes in 2008.

— After nearly 17 hours of deliberations this week, a Wake County jury on Friday will enter its fourth full day of deciding the fate of a Raleigh man who could face the death penalty for the shooting deaths of two people more than six years ago.

The seven men and five women are considering 11 verdicts against 32-year-old Armond Devega, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and eight counts of armed robbery in a series of crimes in 2008.

Anthony Dwayne Scarborough, 32, was fatally shot Feb. 13, 2008, during a home invasion in which prosecutors say Devega sought retribution because he thought Scarborough set him up to be robbed.

They say Devega also shot and killed Stephanie Powell Anderson, 39, during an April 10, 2008, robbery at a gas station in north Raleigh.

Devega has denied any involvement in the crimes – defense attorneys say there's no fingerprints or DNA – but Wake County prosecutors say he's guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ballistics evidence, they say, links him to the crimes, and witnesses, a family member and his ex-girlfriend all identified him as the culprit.

The jury started deliberating Tuesday morning and has since asked to examine and re-examine evidence, including frame-by-frame reviews of surveillance video from several of the robberies.

On Thursday, they asked to see security footage from a June 6, 2008, robbery at a Bojangles' on Durant Road and also video from a sporting goods store on Sept. 10, 2008, where Devega says he was during a robbery at Mexico Lindo check-cashing service on Wake Forest Road.

In that case, Modesta Fernandez-Lucas survived after being shot shot several times.

Jurors – allowed only to see the videos in open court – sat intently, leaning in from the jury box, looking deliberate and repeatedly asking for a replay of portions of video.

Jurors also asked for and were granted to view timesheets from Devega's job as an electrician's assistant. Prosecutors contend he didn't show up for work on the days of the crimes.

If Devega is found guilty of either first-degree murder charge, jurors will also hear testimony in a sentencing phase of the lengthy trial – now in its 12th week – before deciding his punishment.

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  • evadbbat May 16, 7:26 p.m.

    Hope he is convicted.

  • yachtman May 16, 6:40 p.m.

    I can't believe this. They have the surveillance video at the convenience store showing the... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    Umm...how about a conclusion beyond a reasonable doubt that it was him in the video?

  • tri1234 May 16, 1:17 p.m.

    The way the constitution works is that he doesn't have to prove he didn't have the gun, they have to prove he did. And given the number of false convictions in this country, if I were on that jury I would want to make very sure I got it right for the safety of my immortal soul. Taking their time to get it right means the members of the jury are being good Americans and moral humans.

  • jackaroe123 May 16, 9:18 a.m.

    They really shouldn't need more proof than the bullets were shot out of his gun. That would be... View More

    That's not really how it works. There are 11 other people on the jury. He has to be guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. What is "reasonable" is an individual consideration. If all 12 people don't agree, there can't be a conviction.

  • JAT May 16, 8:18 a.m.

    Dah - he was wearing a mask all the time so they're having to go by body shape and voice. However, his g'friend did say it was him on he video so that should carry some weight. Obviously, there are some on the jury that have a reasonable doubt but I sure hope they don't let him off. They really shouldn't need more proof than the bullets were shot out of his gun. That would be enough for me unless he could prove he didn't have the gun at all the times of the shootings.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 7:47 p.m.

    I can't believe this. They have the surveillance video at the convenience store showing the mother of 3 begging for her life, right before he shot and killed her.

    What else do they need?