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Driver high on meth and pcp convicted in NYC of murder in death of florist

July 21, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Driver high on meth and pcp convicted in NYC of murder in death of florist

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A demented driver hopped up on meth and PCP who caused a fatal crash in 2013 was found guilty of murder in court on Wednesday.

According to the New York Daily News, 35-year-old Shaun Martin wept as his fate became sealed at the conclusion of his trial in Manhattan Supreme Court.

He now faces up to life in prison when he is scheduled for Septemeber, and his could face up to life in imprisonment.

Justice Melissa Jackson found Martin guilty of the murder of 62-year-old Mohammed Akkas Ali, a Bangladeshi native who held the overnight shift at a florist seven days a week.

The victim was ending his shift at 7 a.m. in June of 2013 when Martin, in a rented Nissan, was speeding at 50 mph and jumped the curb, destroying everything in his path.

Ali was severely injured and died at a nursing facility just a few months later. Two other victims were struck and wounded in the incident.

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Mohammed Akkas Ali

Martin was also convicted of assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated vehicular homicide, and other charges.

At trial, his lawyer argued that Martin’s crash did not cause Ali’s death, but instead, the man died because his breathing tube had fallen out.

The attorney argued that Ali’s death was the facility’s fault, alleging that the staff did not monitor Ali’s situation closely enough.

Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan D.A., argued in a statement: “Shaun Martin turned a vehicle into a murder weapon the morning he took the wheel while impaired by drugs.”

Vance added, “In doing so, he chose to endanger the lives of every New Yorker he encountered that day.”

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