BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On the second day of deliberation, a jury found Florida biker Andre Jenkins guilty of an execution-style murder in which he killed two local bikers.
Families of two victims rejoiced in court following the decision to convict Jenkins of the murders of Paul Maue and Daniel Szymanski in early September of 2014. The jury reached a verdict just after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Niagara County Court. A judge announced each of the verdicts, finding the Florida man guilty of first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Members of the jury took their time to make the decision, asking seven times alone on Thursday for clarifications or to see additional pieces of evidence before making their decision.
They reached the final, unanimous verdict after looking at specific still images from surveillance at Betty’s Bar and Grill in North Tonawanda where prosecution say cameras caught Jenkins.
Prosecution petitioned on Wednesday to jurors in closing arguments, saying Jenkins traveled from his Florida home to the Kingsmen clubhouse in North Tonawanda where he allegedly shot both Maue and Szymanski in the back of the head while they sat in their car. Prosecution focused on video evidence and still photos from the surveillance tape to attempt to establish Jenkins’ guilt.
The defense attempted, and failed, to prove Jenkins’ innocence by pointing out police could produce no physical evidence in the case, and the video doesn’t show the actual act of the murders.
Police found the murder weapon in Niagara County on Route 219, but picked up only one fingerprint on it. The fingerprint didn’t belong to Jenkins, but police say he wiped the gun clean.
A witness says he watched Jenkins disassemble the gun, throwing it into the grass as he drove down Route 219 into the grass, but Jenkins’ defense called into question the credibility of key witnesses.
“You wouldn’t trust these people to sell you a used car, let alone convict a man of murder,” Jenkins’ defense said.
But prosecution fired back, saying the lifestyles of key witnesses isn’t on trial.
“You don’t have to agree with their lifestyle, you don’t have to like them, but you agreed during jury selection that you would listen to them,” the prosecution said.
In the end, jurors agreed with what witnesses had to say. Jenkins’ defense left the courtroom without giving comment, but Jenkins failed to do the same.
“This is bullshit,” those in the courtroom at the time of the verdict overheard Jenkins say before leaving.
The case’s prosecutor declined to comment on the verdict of the trial. Jenkins will return to court on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.