- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Two South Florida brothers have been convicted in a fatal robbery.

A Palm Beach County jury found 25-year-old Thomas Byrd and 29-year-old Kevin Sammiel guilty Monday of first-degree murder and robbery. They face mandatory life sentences at an Aug. 14 hearing.

Authorities say Dustin Deckard had been walking down a Delray Beach street shortly after midnight in August 2012 when a group of men jumped out of a van, shot and robbed Deckard and then drove away. Police pulled the van over a short time later. Inside were Sammiel, Byrd and 25-year-old Sherman Colson, along with Deckard’s cell phone.

Defense attorneys told jurors that prosecutors couldn’t prove Sammiel and Byrd were the attackers.

Colson is still awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty.

Deckard was a former high school wrestling star in New Jersey. He had moved to South Florida for drug rehab.



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