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After deliberating three hours, on Thursday night, jurors convicted three men in the stomping and beating death of another Oklahoma County Jail inmate and acquitted one of the four men charged.
Convicted were Todd Alan Miller, 32; Antonio Dewayne Ligons, 36; and Martaveous Dwayne Gillioms, 21.
Hareth Hameed, 19, was acquitted in the case.
The four were accused of killing Maurice Pendleton last year at the jail.
Prosecutors alleged the incident was gang-related.
The jurors began deliberating on the sentences on Friday.
The four denied involvement in the death and said they were not involved in gangs.
The assault occurred just before noon on July 18, 2017, on the jail’s eighth-floor basketball court, according to investigators.
The victim, Mr. Pendleton, had just been arraigned by video on an assault charge.
The four charged inmates were awaiting disciplinary hearings for getting into trouble while at the jail.
A key witness, Raymundo Rubio, another inmate, also was in the basketball court for a disciplinary hearing. During the trial, Mr. Rubio, 22, testified that Mr. Ligons threw the first punch after he and Mr. Pendleton shook hands, and then the others jumped him, Mr. Rubio testified.
Mr. Rubio said Mr. Miller, Mr. Ligons and Mr. Gillioms struck Mr. Pendleton “a lot of times.”
Mr. Pendleton then ran around the court, attempting to escape, Mr. Rubio testified.
The three inmates also tried to strip Mr. Pendleton, Mr. Rubio testified.
The witness said Mr. Hameed just...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper