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Jury finds man guilty in 2014 murder of Marine

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 04:42:40-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — The jury has found the man accused of killing a Lexington Marine outside of Austin City Saloon in 2014 guilty of murder.

Police say Jonathan Price was shot and killed during a robbery outside of Austin City Saloon in 2014. Jonathan’s wife, Megan was also shot that night. She survived and was in a wheelchair for seven weeks.

Dawan Mulazim and Quincinio Canada were both charged with his murder. In June 2018, both men were found guilty on unrelated robbery charges for which Mulazim was sentenced to 60 years and Canada to 50.

Canada was acquitted of Price's murder, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on Mulazim.

During the first trial, Megan Price was one of the Commonwealth's witnesses. She told the court that it was her birthday and they went to Austin City Saloon to celebrate. The couple walked outside of the bar to head home, when Megan said she saw a man approach her with a gun, she said she also saw another man with a gun.

Jury selection for the retrial started back on October 7.

During closing arguments, the Commonwealth's Attorney Kimberly Baird replayed surveillance video from a liquor store near Austin City Saloon and from the nearby strip mall parking lot. The video is from minutes before the marine's murder. Baird played the video to try to prove that Mulazim was in the area at the time of the murder.

The closing arguments took several hours.

After over four hours, the jury found Mulazim guilty of all six counts including the murder of Price.

Overall, he was found guilty of intentional murder (principle or complicit), first-degree robbery (principle or complicit), complicity to first-degree robbery, second-degree assault (principle or complicit), as well as two counts of receiving stolen property under $500.

After the verdict was read, Price's family, including his widow, started hugging in the courtroom.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, at 1 p.m.