Moss Point teen guilty of capital murder in the death of Hattiesburg man

MOSS POINT, MS (WDAM) - A Moss Point teen has been found guilty of capital murder in the death of a Hattiesburg man nearly two years ago.

A Jackson County jury deliberated for nearly four hours before finding 15-year-old Tevin Benjamin guilty.

Because he is too young for the death penalty, Benjamin will automatically serve life in prison without parole.

He was the last of four teens charged with the October 2008 shooting death of Michael Porter, 44.

Porter and his wife stopped at a Moss Point gas station to ask directions to their grandson's football game. His widow testified Michael Porter got into scuffle with the teens and was shot he when tried to drive off from the station.

Prosecutors said the teens were trying to rob Porter when he was shot, thus the capital murder charge.

Two of the other teens were convicted of murder and sentenced to life, while a third pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.

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