Teen Found Guilty in 2011 Miami Gardens Gas Station Double Murder

Closing arguments began Friday in the trial of a teen charged with murdering two people during a carjacking at a Miami Gardens gas station

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    The teen charged with murdering two people during a carjacking at a Miami Gardens gas station has been found guilty.

    The teen who prosecutors said murdered two people during a carjacking at a Miami Gardens gas station because they  "didn't look scared enough" has been found guilty.

    Eric Ellington, 19, is charged with two counts of murder in the July 25, 2011 deaths of Julian Soler and Kennia Duran. A jury delivered a verdict of guilty on both counts Friday, just hours after closing argumenets were delivered.

    Closing Arguments in Teen's Gas Station Double Murder Trial

    [MI] Closing Arguments in Teen's Gas Station Double Murder Trial
    Closing arguments began Friday in the trial of a teen charged with murdering two people during a carjacking at a Miami Gardens gas station.

    Duran, 24, and Soler, 23, had stopped for gas at the Mobil Mart at Northwest 57th Avenue and 167th Street when they were approached by Ellington, Wayne Williams and Dylan McFarlane, police said.

    Surveillance video captured the crime and showed a suspect, who police say is Ellington, drag Soler out of his Ford Mustang Cobra and shoot the man at point-blank range 11 times. That video was shown multiple times in court, making for some emotional moments

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    “I’ve never seen the tape with sounds and we’ve never heard the shots before and I’ve never heard the cry and scream, so it was very, very, very tough," Jackie Serra, the mother of one victim, said.

    Williams shot Duran, and McFarlane was the driver of the getaway car, police said. Ellington and Williams were just 16 at the time of the crime. McFarlane was 18.

    Video of Defendant, Mother in Interrogation Room Shown in Trial

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    Video of an emotional scene between defendant Eric Ellington and his mother in an interrogation room was shown in Ellington’s trial Wednesday. He is charged in a carjacking that ended in the murder of two people at a Miami Gardens gas station in July 2011. NBC 6’s Hank Tester reports.

    Ellington told detectives that he shot Soler because he "didn't look scared enough" during the carjacking, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.

    Police said the three teens went on a crime spree earlier and stole a Nissan Pathfinder and tried to rob a bank before going to the gas station.

    While the state emphasized the surveillance video of the double homicide, the defense said that Ellington was not at the scene of the crime and the  video was too grainy for a positive identification. Ellington had been with the other suspects in the stolen vehicle but went home, and when police nabbed him he was intimidated by them and wanted to protect his friends, according to the defense.

    A sentencing date has not been set.