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Salisbury Teen Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder

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SALIBSRUY, Md - After a three day trial, and about four hours of deliberation, a jury found 18 year-old Gerard Williams Junior guilty of all sixteen charges against him, including 1st and 2nd degree felony murder in the shooting death of 23 year old Andres Aguilera on October 28, 2012.

While it was shown Williams did not shoot his firearm while on the scene, he did confess to hitting then 16 year-old Edgar Alvarez over the head with his loaded .38 caliber revolver.  A felony murder conviction only requires a person was present and a willing participant during a felony crime, like armed robbery, which results in a murder.  No premeditation is necessary.

The victim's family silently wept as the verdict was read.  Williams, the only one of five suspects in the case not to take a plea deal from the state, was stoic.

The case is centered around a 2012 armed robbery on the 1000 block of Margaret Street.  Edgar Alvarado and Andres Aguilera stepped out of the home they shared with their families on the first night of Superstorm Sandy. 

According to Aguilera's fiancee, the last thing he said to his family before leaving, "If I don't' come back, it's because the wind took me," before he was robbed by three men, Tevin Blake, Deyamah Fisher, and Gerard Williams Junior.

State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello, commended local law enforcement on working through Superstorm Sandy to collect evidence used in the case.  He also acknowledges there need to be steps take to ensure these incidents can be prevented.

"We need to work with troubled young men and try to get them on the right path, but when they are clearly on the wrong path, when they commit senseless acts of violence against our community members, law enforcement stands ready to hold them accountable," says Maciarello.

Williams has 10 days to request a new trial, and is scheduled to be sentenced after a full Pre Sentencing Investigation is conducted.

WMDT has been in contact with the victim's family's, who did not want to speak on camera for fear of retaliation, but one family member did tell us the past three days were very difficult, but they finally feel at peace.

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