Flint Man Convicted of Murder When Stealing TV
A Flint man was convicted of murder this afternoon after a four day jury trial in Genesee County Circuit Court. Walter E. Stephens Jr., 22, was found guilty on all four counts including: First Degree Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession, and Felony Firearm.
On July 7, 2010, a Flint police officer was on patrol when he saw a suspect later identified as Walter Stephens and another man with their t-shirts covering their faces at the trunk of a car. When Stephens and the other man saw police, they ran. The police officer gave pursuit and caught Stephens, who had a gun in his pocket. When police went back to the car, there was a TV in the trunk which was later shown to have Stephens' fingerprints on it. The police went into the apartment building and found the victim dead with a gunshot wound to his chest and his television missing. The victim's roommate had just left an hour earlier and testified that the victim was alive with the TV still in the apartment. Ballistics tests showed the gun found on Stephens was the murder weapon.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton commended the flint Police for their hard work on the case. He also thanked the jury saying they "rightfully convicted this man of felony murder and our community will be safer as a result." Leyton added "while there remains much work to do in the fight against violent crime in our community, this is one more step in the right direction."
Stephens faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced on April 2, 2012.