Man convicted of murdering teen in 2010

10:11 AM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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UNION CITY, Ga. -- A third suspect has been found guilty of gunning down a teenager after a botched drug deal three years ago.

On Monday, a Fulton County jury found 28-year-old Taurean Thorpe guilty of several charges, including murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy to sell marijuana. He will be sentenced Friday.

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Thorpe is one of five men who police say gunned down 19-year-old Justin Evans outside a Union City apartment complex on June 21, 2010.

According to information presented in court, Evans tried to buy drugs from Thorpe and a co-defendant. The victim apparently stole the drugs and ran away, but the defendants tracked him down at his apartment complex.

When Evans tried to drive away, defendant Gary Mosley shot him in the ankle. Evans eventually crashed his car and was shot three more times by Thorpe as he attempted to run, according to police. He died at the scene.

After killing Evans, the defendants started a high-speed chase with police that ended when they crashed their car in College Park. They escaped into the nearby woods, but police found an important piece of evidence in the car: a receipt featuring one suspect's name and address.

Mosley was found guilty of murder in April and sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. Paul Hill, another co-defendant, pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years. Trial is pending for two more defendants.

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