The Washington Post

Man convicted in fatal shooting of trooper

A Seat Pleasant man accused of fatally shooting a Maryland State trooper outside a Forestville Applebee’s in 2010 was convicted Friday of first-degree murder and other related counts.

Jurors deliberated for only about three hours before handing down the guilty verdicts against 29-year-old Cyril Williams, the man accused of shooting Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown after Brown threw him out of an Applebee’s in June 2010.

Brown was a beloved trooper who had started a youth mentoring group in Seat Pleasant, and prosecutors accused Williams of callously ambushing him. Brown, prosecutors said, had thrown Williams out of the Applebee’s on Donnell Drive for being drunk and disorderly, so Williams left to get a gun, drove back with another man and opened fire on the restaurant’s door when Brown stepped outside to take a phone call.

Defense attorneys had argued that there was not enough evidence to connect Williams to the shooting.

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