Teen convicted of murdering Chesapeake football player

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by By Dottie Wikan, WVEC.com

WVEC.com

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 1:17 PM

Video: Teen convicted of murdering Chesapeake football player

CHESAPEAKE -- A jury Friday convicted a teenager of murder in the death of a Chesapeake high school football player.

Marvin O. Knight, Jr. was found guilty of shooting 18-year-old Lonnie Andrews last July.

Andrews, an all-purpose back from Oscar Smith High School, had planned to attend Virginia State University on a football scholarship.

His family was in the courtroom for the decision.

At an earlier hearing, a witness testified the shooting happened after a fistfight broke out between the victim and the suspect.

Marvin Knight was tried as an adult and was convicted of first degree murder and use of a firearm.

He'll be sentenced August 7 and because Knight was a juvenile (17) when he committed the offenses, the court will sentence him and not the jury, explained Chesapeake Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Parr.

Parr says testimony began Monday and the Commonwealth rested its case Thursday morning.

After the defense presented some witnesses, the jury got the case in the late afternoon. They deliberated about an hour before calling it a night. They returned Friday and delivered their verdict just before 11:00 a.m., Parr added.

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