An Alabama man was convicted Thursday of his role in the brutal torture and murder of a 90-year-old Lynn Haven man.
The 12-member jury deliberated for 80 minutes before finding Kevin Gene Jeffries guilty as charged of first-degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary. Jeffries faces the same jury Friday in a penalty-phase hearing, after which the jurors will recommend to Circuit Judge
Brantley Clark whether Jeffries should be executed for his crimes or be sentenced to life in prison.
Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford told jurors in his closing argument that J29-year-old Jeffries, and his cousin 28-year-old David Ian Challender, broke into Wallace Scott’s home the night of April 4, 2013. They entered through a kitchen window and Scott may have heard something because he turned on his bedroom light. Challender attacked Scott in his bedroom but was unable to subdue the 90-year-old victim alone and Jeffries joined the fray and helped beat down and bind Scott.
Both men then tortured Scott for nearly three hours as the men tried to get his ATM PIN.
Scott was strangled to death and the two men, along with 29-year-old Ashley Nicole Griffin, made off with guns, a clock and cash.
Challender is scheduled for trial beginning Sept. 8.