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Jury convicts Legion shooter


– Eric Smith will be going to prison for the fatal June shooting of 37-year-old Jabron Q. Totton outside an American Legion post.

On Wednesday, an Allen County Superior Court jury convicted Smith of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The jury also found that Smith used a firearm to commit the crime, which adds five years to the sentence he receives from Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull early next month.

The jury heard testimony Tuesday afternoon from two men who were near Totton when he was shot. One man, Quantry Brown, had been standing at a car with Totton, and both had interacted with Smith, who asked them if they had been talking about him inside Post 148.

The other witness, Sherman Griggs Jr., had been talking with Smith at the club doors as it closed and then walked across the parking lot with him, toward where Brown and Totton were standing. Griggs was relieving himself near a car when he heard gunshots, saw Totton fall and saw Smith walking casually away from the scene.

Brown told the jury he saw the spark from the gun and ran off as Totton fell to the pavement.

Smith’s presence in the parking lot, conversation with Griggs and confrontation with Totton were also clearly documented by surveillance cameras in the parking lot.

Wednesday morning, the jury heard testimony from the lead detective on the case. After a brief cross-examination by Smith’s defense attorney, both sides rested and the jury began deliberating the case early Wednesday afternoon.

Smith, also known as Adam Prosser, faces more than 50 years in prison when he is sentenced.