- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A jury has convicted two Kansas men of attempted murder and other charges for allegedly shooting a deputy sheriff several times while robbing a convenience store last March.

In addition to convicting 25-year-old Dyron King and 36-year-old Cecil Meggerson, both of Kansas City, Kansas, of attempted capital murder in the attack on Deputy Scott Wood, the Wyandotte County jury also convicted them on multiple counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and illegally possessing firearms.

A third man, Charles Bowser, is also accused of taking part in the attack and faces the same charges that King and Meggerson faced. He will be tried later, though, and he’s awaiting sentencing on a conviction in a different robbery.

Wood was robbed of his gun and shot seven times inside a 7-Eleven store in Kansas City, Kansas, including once in the face after he radioed for help. He survived, and was at the Wyandotte County Courthouse for the verdict.

“There was clearly the intent to kill Deputy Wood,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Kristiane Bryant said in closing arguments Thursday.

Jurors heard nearly two weeks of testimony linking King, Meggerson and Bowser to a series of armed robberies in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/1X9qefI ). In all the holdups, the robbers wore masks and gloves and none of the victims could identify them.

A break came when investigators found a pack of cigarettes with King’s fingerprint on it at the scene of a Kansas City, Missouri, robbery the night before Wood was shot. Police arrested King, Meggerson and Bowser at King’s house, according to testimony.

Investigators found a revolver on King’s bed that had the deputy’s DNA on it, and a pair of boots found nearby had the DNA of a robbery victim who had been pistol-whipped.

“Is that a coincidence?” Bryant asked jurors. “That would have to be a really unfortunate coincidence.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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