Benjamin Guilty

Brandon Benjamin In Court

A Dothan man charged with capital murder has been convicted of the crime, but his sentencing has been delayed.

Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Benjamin was convicted of the November 2000 shooting death and robbery of 52-year-old Jimmy Floyd Lewis.

He was gunned down in the parking lot of Wiregrass Commons Mall.

Benjamin was arrested after police found the victim's wallet and the murder weapon in the suspect's home.

Jurors deliberated about an hour Thursday before reaching a guilty verdict.

A key defense witness is currently unavailable to testify, so Judge Jerry White delayed the sentencing phase of the trial until July 6.

The same jury that convicted Benjamin will be asked to recommend life without parole or the death penalty.