Man guilty of murder in car ownership dispute; faces life in prison


4:15: Damon Fowler is guilty of Kennie Crockett’s murder.

The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before rendering the verdict. They’ll return on Thursday for the trial’s sentencing phase.

Fowler faces up to life in prison.

For a full story on Wednesday’s verdict, visit MyStatesman.com

3:30 p.m. A Travis County jury is deliberating in the murder trial of a man who is accused of intervening in a dispute between shared owners of a Toyota Camry and shooting a man to death in 2016.

In closing arguments on Wednesday, prosecutors said all evidence points to Damon Fowler firing the shot that entered a vehicle’s headrest and continued through Kennie Crockett’s heart on Aug. 20, 2016.

“Only one man had the motive to do so,” prosecutor Jeremy Sylestine said.

According to police, Crockett followed Fowler into Eagle’s Landing Apartments, in the 8000 block of Decker Lane, to confront Fowler’s passenger about a Toyota Camry he owned with her. The two had co-signed on the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crockett, who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher during the pursuit, explained that he had been in a physical altercation days earlier in which Fowler was the aggressor.

According to a witnesses’ testimony, Fowler got out of the Camry and went to the driver’s side door of an Infiniti where Crockett was a passenger. That witness, Fowler’s brother, Donald Perkins, testified to seeing Fowler with a gun and hearing shots.

Perkins originally was also charged with Crockett’s murder and served nearly a year in jail before prosecutors dropped charges in July in exchange for his testimony.

Fowler’s attorney, Joe Sawyer, told jurors that his client is innocent and the real killer is Perkins, who lived in the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.

“Who’s to be believed?” Sawyer said.

This is a developing story; check back for details



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