- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 10, 2002

ATLANTA (AP) A jury yesterday convicted former 1960s radical H. Rap Brown of killing one sheriff's deputy and wounding another in a shootout in March 2000.
Jurors deliberated 10 hours over two days before finding the Muslim cleric now called Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin guilty of shooting to death Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy Aldranon English on a southwest Atlanta street.
The trial now moves to a penalty phase, in which jurors will decide whether to recommend execution or life in prison for the 58-year-old Al-Amin.
He was found guilty of 13 counts, including murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The verdict came at the end of the third week of the trial, which was postponed once after the September 11 terrorist attacks because the judge feared anti-Muslim sentiment would taint the jury pool.
Deputy English testified that Al-Amin a prominent Muslim iman in Atlanta's West End community pulled a high-powered assault rifle and opened fire when he and Deputy Kinchen tried to serve him with a warrant on minor Cobb County charges on March 16, 2000.
Prosecutors said Al-Amin shot Deputy Kinchen three times in the groin with a handgun as he lay bleeding in the street.
Brown changed his name when he converted to the Dar-ul Islam movement in the 1970s while serving a five-year sentence for his role in a robbery that ended in a shootout with New York police.

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