Friday, April 4, 2014
A man accused of a 2008 murder in the Oatland community was found guilty of the crime after a four day trial.
A jury deliberated for about three hours Thursday and found Terron Gerhard Dizzley, 35, guilty of shooting and killing 31-year-old Aundry Nathaniel Evans, Jr.
He was facing 30 years to life in prison. Circuit Court Judge Roger Couch sentenced Dizzley to 35 years.
It was the second time Dizzley was on trial for the charges. In 2012, the trial ended with a hung jury after 12 hours of deliberations.
The shooting took place at about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2008 inside what was then the Paradise Club in Oatland. Evans was shot several times.
Assistant Solicitor Erin Bailey, who prosecuted the case, said it’s believed the motive of the shooting was business-related.
She said Dizzley is believed to have invested money in the Paradise Club, which Evans co-owned.
Bailey said she feels the jury was able to reach a verdict this time because she presented the panel with everything she had. She said during the trial in 2012, only the evidence that pointed to Dizzley as the shooter was presented.
She said she called 18 witnesses to the stand and presented more than 350 exhibits during the trial.
“I gave them everything. Every crime scene picture, whether they were blurry or not. I told them I was hiding nothing from them,” Bailey said.
Even after being found guilty, both Dizzley and his mother maintained his innocence, Bailey said.
“It was very satisfying to finally get justice for the victim’s family,” Bailey said.