DeLand, FL - The second time’s not the charm for a 28-year-old DeLand man when it came to his murder trial.
After around 2 and half hours of deliberation, Kendell Rattley (picture courtesy Volusia County Jail) was convicted by a Volusia County jury Thursday for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Erin Gray in the garage of her parents’ Deltona home.
Rattley’s first trial ended in a hung jury. This time, he’s sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
“We are very pleased that the jury was able to return a verdict in the retrial,” said Assistant State Attorney Ryan Will. “This family has been through so much. I’m happy that they finally have closure.”
Prosecutors say Gray was shot to death on January 17, 2011 in a disagreement over drug money.
Gray’s brother said he heard the gunshot, ran to the garage and saw Rattley standing over the Erin Gray’s body with a firearm in his hand.
Shortly after receiving a 911 call, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office stopped the defendant in his car after he fled and arrested him.
The victim was transported to the hospital where she died.
Rattley was convicted of first degree murder and robbery with a firearm.
Judge Margaret W. Hudson sentenced Rattley to life on the murder conviction and 30 years for the robbery conviction, to be served concurrently.
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