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Defendants Convicted for 1st-Degree Murder in Marijuana Robbery

DATE:  August 31, 2016

CASE:  Aaron Newby & Desmond Eaddy (Case #15F02249)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith, Homicide Unit

Aaron Newby and Desmond Eaddy were convicted by two separate juries of the first-degree murder of Peter Standley.  Both juries also found true the special circumstance that the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery.  Newby and Eaddy were also convicted of robbery and the use of a handgun. 

On April 26, 2015, Aaron Newby and Desmond Eaddy went to the Lampasas Apartments to steal marijuana from the victim, Peter Standley.  Surveillance video from the complex showed Newby, Eaddy and Standley going into Standley’s apartment.  Minutes later, Eaddy was seen leaving with two bags of marijuana and a gun. Newby was a few feet behind Eaddy followed by the victim, who was chasing them.  The victim had been shot in the chest and died minutes later as both defendants ran to a waiting car.  Eaddy dropped the marijuana during the escape. Surveillance video captured Eaddy returning a minute later to retrieve the marijuana.  Witnesses testified that Newby stood near the car pointing a gun at the crowd. 

Both defendants face a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Sentencing is set for October 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Department 14 before the Honorable Donald Currier. 


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