Jury: Raheem Johnson Guilty of Murder
Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Ira Quillen
Lynchburg, VA - "I will never forget those eyeballs," Arteena Horsley-Robey told Lynchburg detectives after thumbing through a photo line-up.
More than a year after her boyfriend, Timothy Irving was murdered inside the Mill Woods Apartments, prosecutors opened the murder trial of his convicted killer with the same line.
By Tuesday, it only took the jury one hour to convict Raheem Johnson, 19, of first degree murder, two counts of attempted robbery, burglary, and four counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
It was a slam dunk for prosecutors who used an eyewitness and Johnson's own jail house confessions to convict him.
On day one of trial, the victim's girlfriend told jurors about how the two men -- one wearing a mask and the other, a hood over his face -- barged in to the couple's apartment on April 11, 2011. She says they shouted, "Give it up! Give it up!" before shooting Irving in the head.
His body laid crouched down near the walk-in closet with his two year-old son, still fast asleep in the couple's bed.
On day two of trial, a former inmate described how Johnson admitted to pulling the trigger, but didn't think the gun was loaded.
In Virginia, it doesn't matter who pulled the trigger, anyone involved in a robbery or burglary that results in a person's death must be charged with murder.
Even the defense attorney admits they were backed up against a wall.
"I'm not surprised given the evidence that was mounted against us," Leigh Drewry told reporters after the guilty verdict.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 14. For all eight charges, Johnson faces up to two life sentences and another 38 years in prison.
Dennis Watts, his co-defendant, is also scheduled to go on trial for murder in August.