Updated 03/22/2013 04:50 PM
James Wells guilty on all counts
The man on trial for the shooting death of 15-year-old Eddie Stanley has been found guilty of all 11 counts, including second-degree murder. Lori Chung has more from the James Wells trial in Schenectady.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- James Wells showed little emotion as a jury convicted him of shooting Eddie Stanley to death, but for the victim's family...
"Very happy emotions, now my baby can sleep in peace," said Tanisha Stanley, Eddie Stanley's mother.
Tanisha Stanley says justice has been served for her 15-year-old son.
Prosecutors argued Wells, a 33-year-old from Brooklyn and an admitted Bloods gang member, shot Stanley at a house party in Schenectady in 2011. Prosecutors said Wells and his friends accused teenagers there of stealing the keys to their rental car and started searching partygoers, when some of those teens resisted. That's when Stanley was shot several times.
"We thought we had an extremely strong case, we thought we had proved it," said Philip Mueller, prosecutor.
Mueller says the joint effort to solve the promising basketball star's slaying was like nothing he'd ever seen.
"People from the community who were frightened at first stepped up in the end and let their voices be heard," Mueller said.
Despite that, defense attorney Cheryl Coleman says Wells held out hope throughout the four days of deliberations.
"There were five eye witnesses that claimed to have seen the shooting and [we] knew that was tough to battle against," said Coleman.
Wells was found guilty on all 11 charges, including reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Though their son is gone, family members are finding some solace in the conviction.
"All eleven counts, and he deserved every last one of them," Tanisha Stanley said.