December 8, 2013
MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle man has been convicted
of fatally shooting an Alabama teen as he fled a party.
A Santa Rosa County jury found 21-year-old Robert Floyd guilty
Wednesday of second-degree murder.
No sentencing date has been scheduled.
Authorities say Floyd fatally shot 18-year-old GeTyron Benjamin
in February 2010.
Benjamin was one of four people to show up to a party at Floyd's rural home.
When several people at the party asked Benjamin and his friend, Gerald Banton, to leave, Banton testified that he flashed a revolver.
Prosecutors acknowledged that Banton fired at least once but not
at Floyd, who grabbed a rifle and fired at the group's car.
Floyd's attorney says six shots were fired from the fleeing car, and Floyd was defending the 50 guests at his party.