November 28, 2019
Michael Ivory Curry.
The jury was 90% white, so of course they would.
This poor African American didn’t stand a chance against such institutionalized racism.
Michael Ivory Curry probably didn’t intend to kill William Todd Anderson during a March 26, 2017, drug robbery at Anderson’s home, a prosecutor said during closing arguments in Curry’s case in Clarke County Circuit Court on Friday.
But Anne Williams, county commonwealth’s attorney, told the jury Curry had to pay for his bad choices.
“Those choices had consequences,” Williams said, “Because he made those choices, Todd is dead.”
Despite the lack of intent, the jury, which could have recommended a minimum sentence of 40 years in prison, recommended giving Curry life in prison for first-degree murder. They also recommended an additional 126 years for two counts each of abduction, armed burglary and robbery and four counts of use of a firearm in a felony.
The jury of nine white women, two white men and one Latino man, needed just 90 minutes to convict Curry. They spent about two hours deliberating the sentencing recommendation. Curry, a 33-year-old Summit Point, W.Va., resident and father of three, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Alexander R. Iden at 9 a.m. March 2. Iden can sentence at or below the recommendation, but not above it.
William Todd Anderson.