Robert Coffin convicted of second-degree murder

A jury has found defendant Robert Coffin guilty of shooting 25-year-old Thomas Shepherd to death last summer.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 5:25 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2018 9:04 AM

A jury has found defendant Robert Coffin guilty of shooting 25-year-old Thomas Shepherd to death last summer.

Coffin was convicted on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The jury began deliberating at about 4 p.m. Thursday, and the guilty verdict was delivered around 5:21 p.m.

On Aug. 19, 2017, Coffin shot and killed Thomas Shepherd outside of Sammy G’s bar in Rome, then evaded authorities for nearly two weeks before being apprehended in Las Vegas on Sept. 1.

In court on Thursday, Coffin took the stand and answered questions about how the shooting took place and why. Coffin said he was drunk that night and had also taken ecstasy, and he and Shepherd had gotten into an altercation near Coffin’s car outside Sammy G’s.

Surveillance video played in court showed Coffin shooting Shepherd as he moved away from him across the parking lot, and the medical examiner who testified Thursday said the bullet in the back of Shepherd's head - the second bullet fired - is what killed him.

Coffin is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14.

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