Grand Jury finds man guilty of murder

Published 4:19 am Friday, October 27, 2023

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A Dallas County Grand Jury found a man, Juantonio Cosby, guilty of murder and first-degree assault from a six-year-old case on Thursday.

Earlier this year, co-defendant, Kenneth Ingram pled guilty to his part in the events that killed Shykereya Leggett and injured Eddie Williams back on Oct. 22, 2017. The two victims were outside of the Prime Ultra Lounge in Selma at the time of the shooting.

“The guilty verdict in this case ends a six-year wait for the Leggett family for justice to be served,” Dallas County District Attorney Robert Turner said. “The memories her family holds of her as a loving mother, a devoted daughter, a sister, and an aspiring nurse who loved to have fun.”

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Leggett was only 20 at the time of the shooting and left behind a 10-month-old son. The trial of this 2017 case took four days to complete.

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins presided over the case and sentencing for Cosby is scheduled at a later date. Cosby was taken into custody after the pronouncement of the verdict.

This case involved issues of accomplice liability and complicity. Cosby was identified as a shooter alongside his co-defendant after the two men returned to the premises of the club after they had previously been escorted out of the establishment following a fight. Under this theory, all parties involved with the criminal activity can be charged in the commission of the crimes that result.

The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Shamika Dudley and Attorney Robert H. Turner Jr. The Selma Police Department led the investigation from beginning to end, providing valuable testimony and reporting for a solid case.