By Josh Presley
Shunbrica Roby, of Columbus, was found guilty of murder on April 9 for the 2012 stabbing death of Marcus L. Payne of West Point.
Clay County District Attorney Lindsey Clemons said that Roby was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
“The jury deliberated for three hours Wednesday before coming back with a verdict,” Clemons said. “They had the choice between murder or manslaughter and they came back with murder.”
Clemons said after the verdict was read, Judge Lee Howard took about 10 minute recess after the verdict and then delivered the sentence.
According to court documents, Roby’s sister and cousin, Latwanna Roby and Natisha Roby, both of Macon, allegedly assisted in Payne’s murder.
“When you engage in a criminal act with other people the act of one becomes the act of all,” Clemons said. “Legally speaking, even if she didn’t have the knife in her hand she was just as liable.”
Clemons said Latwanna and Natisha Roby are still on the docket for the present term, but the court will only try one of them at a time.
“Cases where you try multiple defendants together often get reversed,” Clemons said. “So when there are multiple defendants we always try separate cases for each of them.”
Clemons said that trials for Latwanna and Natisha Roby will be set for trial July; their cases are also assigned to Howard.
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