A Prince George’s County jury Friday convicted one man of first-degree murder in the October 2011 slaying of a Howard University student, and a second man of a robbery linked to the killing.
Michael A. Jordan, 20, and William A. Knight, 22, both had faced first-degree murder charges in the slaying of freshman Alonzo Guyton. The jury, however, convicted only Jordan of first-degree felony murder. Knight, a D.C. resident, was found guilty of robbery and other charges in connection with Guyton’s death, but not murder.
Guyton, who was studying at Howard to be a music professor, was 24 when he died.
Authorities said Jordan, Knight and Lorenzo Carlton robbed Guyton as he was walking to his friend’s Mount Rainier apartment.
Carlton approached Guyton and held him at gunpoint the night of Oct. 25, 2011, while Jordan and Knight were in a car, authorities said. Carlton and Guyton got into a struggle, they said. Then Jordan got out of the car and shot Guyton, according to state prosecutors.
Both Jordan and Knight faced the two-week long trial together. During the trial, Knight’s attorney, Keith Parris, emphasized that there was no evidence of a plan or conspiracy to show Knight was responsible for the murder as an accomplice.
Jordan could face a life sentence and 35 years in prison and Knight could face up to 38 years. Carlton has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges and faces 35 years in prison.
“Mr. Guyton was a Marine and a college student who clearly had a bright future in front of him and Knight and Jordan robbed him of that,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said in a statement.