DETROIT (11/28/11)--A second man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an armored-car guard during a $204,000 holdup at an ATM outside Dearborn FCU (now DFCU Financial) in Detroit in 2001.
Kevin Watson, 41, was convicted of killing Norman "Anthony" Stephens, 30, who was delivering money to ATMs on Dec. 14, 2001, when six men committed the robbery. Stephens, the father of six, was shot twice and died at the scene.
Witnesses testified that Watson and codefendant Timothy O'Reilly, 37, had shot Stephens. In August 2010, O'Reilly was convicted in the murder and was formally sentenced to life without parole last February. He had faced the death penalty, but the jury could not reach the unanimous agreement required on who pulled the trigger (News Now Feb. 10 and Aug. 27, 2010). O'Reilly's death penalty case was rare, because Michigan was the first state to abolish capital punishment in 1846. However, the penalty can still be imposed in federal trials.
Watson faces a mandatory life in prison sentence. He is the second of five suspects in the robbery to be convicted of murder. A sixth suspect is deceased (News Now Aug. 27, 2010).