DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Ezekiel Gholston, the second person to be tried for the deaths of two Decatur Krystal restaurant employees, has been found guilty of two felony counts of murder.
Gholston was tried for capital murder for his role in a robbery that resulted in the shooting deaths of Jeff Graff and Jessie Aguilar.
Jordaan Creque, who was the shooter, has been sentenced to death.
Gholston was charged with three counts of capital murder. His attorneys asked the jury from the start of the trial to come back with a felony murder conviction, rather than capital murder.
Outside of the courthouse, Gholston's family members were emotional - relieved that he will not be sentenced to either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The question for jurors was: what was Gholston's intent? Did he know Jordaan Creque would kill the two Krystal employees as they robbed the restaurant in Decatur?
The jury's decision would indicate that they could not determine without reasonable doubt, that Gholston did know Creque would shoot Graff and Aguilar.
Sentencing for Gholston will happen on May 6.