CENTREVILLE, Mich. – The David Locey murder trial was an emotional experience for a community in St. Joseph County.
Andy Brown, 37, was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of his employer, a prominent accountant in Sturgis.
That was in October; today, Locey family got some closure as they leaned Brown’s fate.
FOX 17 spoke with one the 12 jurors deciding Brown’s fate, Renee Towers.
“ We thought long and hard about our decision and it wasn’t an easy decision to come to,” Towers said.
She says no one knows exactly what happened that night.
“Mr. Locey knew whoever was in that office with him, that he felt comfortable with whoever was in that office with him,” Towers said.
She says Brown’s cell phone records putting him in the area of Locey’s Sturgis accounting firm helped make her decision, along with gunpowder residue.
“For a man who claims to be afraid of guns and not shoot guns, to have even small amounts of gunshot residue is just , it puts him there, it puts him as being the one holding the weapon,” she said.
Towers says she has no doubt it was Brown who pulled the trigger.
“I believe Mr. Brown got extremely angry and resorted to killing Mr. Locey,” she said.
Towers said she knew from the beginning of deliberations she had decided on a guilty verdict.
As for a punishment, she says Brown should receive life, never having a chance for freedom.
“I watched his reaction during the reading of the verdict and all I saw was a cold, heartless man who showed no emotion whatsoever as his fate was handed to him,” she said.