- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Pitt County jury has deliberated little more than an hour before finding a man guilty of killing three people at a convenience store nearly four years ago.

Multiple media outlets reported that a jury in Greenville on Monday returned three guilty verdicts against 33-year-old Antwan Andre Anthony on charges of first degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of three store employees.

The same jury on Tuesday began hearing testimony on whether Anthony should die for the killings. Prosecutors say the killings during an armed robbery justify a death sentence.

Deputies said that 16-year-old Mokbel Mohamed Almujanahi, 26-year-old Nabil Nasser Saeed Al’mogannahi and 24-year-old Gaber Alawi were killed at their family’s convenience store near Farmville on April 1, 2012.

Anthony’s lawyers said he suffered from severe mental illness.

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