Murder conviction upheld in killing of former boxing champ

(CBS Boston)
(CBS Boston)

ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Georgia’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction and sentence of life in prison without parole for a man involved in the 2009 killing of former world boxing champion Vernon Forrest.

The Georgia Supreme Court opinion published Monday says there was evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that J’Quante Crews was guilty in the July 2009 slaying.

Prosecutors says Crews was with DeMario Ware and Charmon Sinkfield at a gas station when the former Olympian pulled up in an expensive car. Ware robbed Forrest of a Rolex watch and championship ring and ran. When Forrest chased Ware, Sinkfield confronted him and shot him in the back several times. Crews drove the getaway car.

Crews was sentenced in April 2012. Ware and Sinkfield also got life sentences without the chance of parole.

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