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Convicted Southaven Walmart shooter sentenced to the death penalty

A jury convicted Martez Abram after only 55 minutes of deliberation Thursday, just hours after Abram took the stand in his own defense.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man convicted Thursday of shooting and killing two Walmart workers and injuring a Southaven, Mississippi, police officer in July 2019 has been sentenced to the death penalty.

The sentencing was held Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, and the jury sentenced Martez Abram to death for the two capital murder counts, and life for the attempted murder count. 

The sentencing came a day after the jury in Hernando convicted Abram of two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder after only 55 minutes of deliberation, just hours after Abram took the stand in his own defense.

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On July 30th, authorities said Abram shot and killed two coworkers - Walmart managers Anthony Brown and Brandon Gales. Investigators said Abram had been suspended from Walmart for showing a knife. They said Abram also shot and injured a responding police officer, his life saved by a bulletproof vest.

Watch our full interview with DeSoto County D.A. Robert Morris here:

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