Adarius "Drop" Harris: GUILTY
After deliberating for five hours Thursday, a jury found Adarius Harris, 21, guilty of first degree murder with possession of a fire arm, and attempted armed home invasion robbery, also with possession of a firearm.
Harris, nicknamed "Drop," has been convicted of shooting Minnie Postell, 57, to death.
Postell was killed inside her Gainesville mobile home last September, in an apparent home invasion robbery.
Witnesses inside the trailer, including Postell's grandson took the stand.
"Witness testimony was extremely credible, the grandchildren of the victim, were extremely knowledgeable they came across very well," said Adam Urra, Assistant State Attorney.
Witnesses spoke of the distinct scars on Harris' hands, his dreads, the bandanna he wore- accounts the jury felt were strong enough to put Harris at the scene of the crime.
"If I'm your friend, I would know your mannerisms, I would know what you look like, I would know your stature, I would know your silhouette," said L.W. Myers, Postell's brother.
Postell's son Juan told jurors he sold marijuana from his mother's trailer. The state argued Harris' motive was to steal about $600 worth of drug money he knew where to find. However, Harris' family still believes he's innocent.
"Drug dealers are known by a lot of different people they have many many people that comes and does business with them, not just one particular person," said John Harris, Harris' uncle.
Authorities are still looking for the other men who were with Harris at the time of the murder.
"If I was a juror I would think why is there only one, they would eventually have all four, because he would tell us who the other four are, and being that there's still only one a year later, I just think he wouldn't take the fall like that," he said.
"Sometimes there is a code that people just don't rat, or don't talk on each other, unfortunately we certainly did give him the opportunity which he did not avail himself of, and now he has to live with the consequences of that action," said Urra.
Harris faces mandatory life in prison, which means he will never leave Florida state prison alive.
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