Jury delivers guilty verdict in Anthony Stargell murder trial

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A jury has returned a verdict of guilty of aggravated murder in the Anthony Stargell trial, Sept. 4, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A jury has returned a verdict of guilty of aggravated murder in the Anthony Stargell trial.

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon in a capital murder trial in Montgomery County.

Lawyers for both the prosecution and defense presented their cases. As the courtroom listened intently, both sides made one final plea.

“We can’t minimize this. You also have the video surveillance of the events that occurred in Nickels’ garage that day and that evening,” stated prosecutors.

“These are undisputed. The interpretation might be different,” rebutted the defense.

Stargell was accused of gunning down 54-year-old Tommy Nickels and his dog at the Quality One Electric on South Main Street in April 2012. Investigators say he then set fire to the business to cover up the evidence.

Prosecutors asked jurors to consider how the crime was carried out.

“He shot him in the back of the head, in the side of the head, when he didn’t even see what was coming,” said lawyers for the State.

Surveillance video captures Stargell pulling the trigger before making off with cash, guns and a television.

Stargell says he and Nickles were selling drugs together, but when Nickels accused him of cheating him out of money, the deal turned sour.

Prosecutors say the friendship between the two was nothing more than a deceptive relationship in which Stargell used to benefit himself.

“He used that friendship to gain his trust and when he saw the right opportunity, he shot him,” stated prosecutors.

Stargell’s lawyers maintained he acted in self defense. He was only 20-years-old at the time and they say he thought his life was in danger.

Stargell was also found guilty of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, and cruelty to animals.

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