Man convicted for gas station murder

6:09 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard announced the conviction by jury trial in the murder case against 29-year-old Wanique Odwin on Monday.

According to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Odwin was found guilty on charges including Murder Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During a Felony in the shooting death of Kashma Avery and one count of Aggravated Assault against Jay Abernathy.

Avery, 48 and Abernathy, 33 were traveling together from Michigan, and had stopped at the Shell Gas Station in West Midtown on September 2, 2008 to ask for directions.

Avery exited his car at the Shell of 1184 Spring Street , and was approached by Odwin who asked for a quarter. Avery refused to give Odwin any money, and the victim became belligerent. Odwin continued harassing both victims, and they asked him repeatedly to go away.

Odwin next revealed a .380 semi-automatic handgun, and shot Avery when Abernathy tried to grab the gun from him.

The defendant Odwin was sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall.

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