TALLADEGA COUNTY -- A Talladega County jury spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning deliberating before finding Travorious Carroll Fowler, 26, guilty of robbery in the first degree and kidnapping in the second degree in connection with an incident at the Gupta Food Mart on Alabama 21 in August 2017.
Fowler now faces 10 to 99 years or life in prison on the robbery charge and two to 20 years in prison on the kidnapping charge. He will be formally sentenced at a future date by Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King.
Fowler broke through the locked doors of the Gupta Food Mart and brandished a knife at the cashier, according to evidence presented at trial. He took the cashier’s keys and was taking her outside, still at knife point, to her car when police arrived.
Fowler’s defense argued he had been shot in the woods nearby before the incident at the gas station and insisted the cashier call 911, which she did. In this version of events, the cashier willingly gave him her keys and was not coerced in any way.
The incident was captured on video, and audio from the 911 calls was also played for the jury. After they began deliberating Wednesday, they asked to see the video and listen to the 911 tapes again, which they did. Shortly after that, they reported to King they were hopelessly deadlocked. King charged them to continue their deliberations, with the panel ultimately deciding to go home for the night and return the next day.
Thursday morning, jurors asked King to read them his charge as to the law again, then came back with guilty verdicts on both counts.
Assistant District Attorneys Jake Argo and Scott Brewer prosecuted the case. Fowler was defended by Todd Barksdale.
Hakeem Mateen Najee Rasheed
Across the hall, a separate jury convicted Hakeem Mateen Najee Rasheed, aka Terrance D. Hubbard, 48, of Alpine, of violating the sex offender registration and notification act.
According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Christina Kilgore, Rasheed has four prior felony convictions and is now facing 15 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced by Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth.
Rasheed was convicted of raping and sodomizing an adult woman in North Carolina in 1992, according to the Alabama Sex Offender Registry. He appears to have first registered an address on Nottingham Road in Alpine in 2014.
According to evidence presented at trial, Rasheed was required to check in with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office quarterly. He did so until January 2016, when he served a brief sentence in federal prison. (The offense he was serving time for was unavailable Thursday). After being released, he was slightly late with his check-ins throughout 2016 and then failed to show up at all in April 2017. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he turned himself in without incident in July 2017.
Rasheed was prosecuted by Kilgore and Assistant District Attorney Brittany Ford. He was defended by Jon Adams.
Kevin Douglas Iles
Also this week, a jury convicted Kevin Douglas Iles, 39, of burglary in the second degree, a class B felony punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison. Iles was also defended by Barksdale.
The burglary Iles was convicted of took place in Lincoln in June 2017.
He will also be sentenced by Hollingsworth.