Man gets life sentence in deadly Nacogdoches home invasion
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches jury found one of four suspects in the shooting death of a man during a home invasion in 2017 guilty of capital murder Wednesday.
Just before 4 p.m., the jury returned the verdict for Kasey Rashad Brown, of Spring, in the death of Joey D. Gipson. Gipson was killed during an apparent home invasion that occurred in the 700 block of Arthur Weaver Street near the Eliza Street intersection in January of 2017. According to Nacogdoches police, there was a confrontation between Gipson and the suspects during the invasion, and he was fatally shot.
Brown was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole since the state was not seeking the death penalty.
Gipson’s mother, Cheryl White spoke with KTRE after the verdict and expressed her emotions. “Justice for Joey... I feel great because it’s been a long time coming… A long time coming but God knows best,” she said,
The state and defense presented their closing arguments. The state argued that Brown was criminally responsible of the conduct of another co-conspired party and attempted to aid the other suspects. The state argued their was conspiracy to commit the crime, saying it was planned ahead of time while in Houston and Jamal Brown committed the murder.
The state said the autopsy and death certificate confirms Gipson died from an gunshot wound to the chest that was intentionally inflicted.
The state said Kasey Brown stole a purse and drugs and left the scene after Jamal Brown pointed a gun at Gipson. Kasey disposed of the purse and drove back to Houston where they split the stolen drugs.
The state said fingerprint evidence gave Kasey Brown away.
The defense said Brown’s legal interest is freedom and his life was in the jury’s hands.
Wednesday was the second day of the trial. Two detectives took the stand on Wednesday.
One of the detectives with the Nacogdoches Police Department testified that he interviewed Brown prior to transporting him to Nacogdoches. The detective said he also interviewed the victim’s mother who believed there was a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The detective said a gunshot wound was found on the victim’s chest but not the head.
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