November 2, 2019
The first jury was unable to reach a verdict – probably because it was filled with blacks.
A man who was retried this month in the shooting death of a Marine in Lexington was found guilty on six counts Monday night, including charges of murder and robbery.
Dawan Mulazim, 36, was convicted in 2018 on charges related to a robbery at Quality Inn days before the shooting that killed Jonathan Price and injured his wife, Megan Price. The jury in the 2018 trial was unable to reach a verdict in the murder and robbery charges against Mulazim connected to the shooting of the Prices outside Austin City Saloon on June 21, 2014.
After six days of evidence and arguments, a new jury heard closing arguments Monday in the retrial of Mulazim on the charges connected to the robbery of the Prices. They deliberated about four and a half hours before returning multiple guilty verdicts.
Mulazim was found guilty of intentional murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in the Austin City Saloon shooting. However, in each of the counts the jury could not determine if Mulazim was the “principal” offender or complicit. He was also found guilty of complicity to first-degree robbery in connection with the attack on the Prices. Mulazim is eligible for the death penalty on the convictions, his attorney told jurors Tuesday.
In a reported robbery on July 17, 2014 on Second Street, Mulazim was found guilty of two counts of receiving stolen property valued less than $500.
The family of Jonathan Price was visibly relieved when the verdicts were read, including Megan Price, who testified in both the 2018 trial and the retrial.
Jonathan and Megan Price.