Montgomery man convicted in Anniston murder
by Cameron Steele
csteele@annistonstar.com
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A Calhoun County jury Thursday found a Montgomery man, Robert Devon Jenkins, guilty in the 2011 murder of Anniston resident Marcus Marks.

Jenkins, 23, shot Marks during a domestic dispute in front of Marks’ home in March 2011.

Throughout the four-day trial prosecutors presented testimony from three witnesses at the scene at Marks’ house on East 22nd Street in Anniston, Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh said.

That testimony, combined with recollections of 10 other witnesses, indicated Jenkins used a gun to shoot Marks in the back and arm, McVeigh said.

Jenkins was at Marks’ house while Marks’ ex-girlfriend and about eight other family members and friends helped her move out of Marks’ home. A verbal argument during the move-out process ended with Jenkins firing two shots into the air and six times into the house, where Marks was standing unarmed, McVeigh said.

An attempt late Thursday to reach defense attorney Tim Burgess at his office was unsuccessful.

McVeigh said the defense rested its case after prosecutors finished presenting evidence; Jenkins did not take the stand, nor did any witnesses testify on his behalf.

The jury deliberated for about an hour and 15 minutes Thursday before returning a guilty verdict. Jenkins was transported to the Calhoun County Jail, McVeigh said, but the DA did not know the man’s bond amount.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. in Judge Malcolm Street’s courtroom.

At that hearing, the judge will hear from the victim’s family and anyone the defense chooses to speak on behalf of Marks, McVeigh said.

Murder is a Class A felony with a minimum 20-year prison sentence.

Star staff writer Cameron Steele at 256-235-3562. On Twitter @Csteele_star.

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