“Cannon’s sentencing was set for Sept. 13. He faces life in prison without parole.”
A jury took three hours to find Stephen Cannon, 26, guilty in the death of retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn in June 2020. That is when almost every city had looting and riots after the death of George Floyd.
They found Cannon guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and three counts of armed criminal action.
Dorn was gunned down during the looting at a pawn shop. He responded to the alarm at the shop belonging to a close friend.
From Fox News:
Cannon’s public defender Brian Horneyer had argued in his opening remarks that there was no physical evidence linking his client to the killing and said the state’s main witness, also charged with a slew of felonies, had told detectives he would say “anything” to get a plea deal and escape a murder conviction.
However, prosecutors said Cannon was the only person standing on a nearby corner where the shots came from, when they were fired.
After the slaying, investigators reportedly recovered a pistol, televisions and pieces of Cannon’s dreadlocks from an apartment where he was staying, but did not locate the handgun that Cannon is believed to have used in the shooting.
Cannon’s sentencing was set for Sept. 13. He faces life in prison without parole.
Dorn had served 38 years in St. Louis’ Metropolitan Police Department and six more as chief in Moline Acres.
“I’m very glad that justice was served for Capt. Dorn,” said Paul Mauro, an attorney and former NYPD inspector who has been closely following the case. “But make no mistake – the conditions that allowed his killing should never have occurred.”
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