BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) After hours of deliberation, the verdict is in. Jurors found Chavis Murphy guilty of second-degree murder in the December 2015 slaying of Obafemi Adedapo.
After returning from the break over the weekend, the jury of eight men and four women took all day Monday to reach a verdict in the case against Murphy. The jurors found Murphy not guilty of first-degree murder. They found him guilty of second-degree murder.
Murphy is charged with gunning down Obafemi Adedapo in 2015. The pair left the former downtown Burlington nightclub Zen Lounge and that's when police say Murphy shot Adedapo multiple times. Witnesses say they saw Murphy holding a gun but did not see him pull the trigger.
Reporter Ike Bendavid: Was justice served?
Chittenden County Deputy Prosecutor Justin Jiron: Well, I guess I would say that a good result was reached... I mean it's hard to say justice was served because I think the people who ultimately suffer the most are the family... But I think that's certainly we've got a just result.
The defense argued the evidence was not enough to show Murphy committed the murder. Murphy's attorney, Lamar Enzor, believes the real shooter got away.
"I do, I really do," Enzor said. "Disappointing on many levels."
Enzor says they will appeal the verdict.