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Jury Convicts Man In Fatal Shooting Of Pastor

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 17:26:20-04

A 25-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of Memphis pastor Don Smith.

The Commercial Appeal reported the verdict followed testimony by the defendant, Roger Reed, and a codefendant who were both pictured after the shooting in "selfie" photographs smiling and kissing inside the victim's vehicle.

The jury convicted Reed on Friday of killing the 57-year-old Smith with premeditation and with the intent to commit robbery. He also was convicted of especially aggravated robbery. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Lammey sentenced Reed to life.

The codefendant, Lashonda Williams, testified Reed planned to carjack someone to drive back to Greenville, Mississippi, where they were from. Reed and Williams were located days later in Greenville with the pastor's car.

The case against Williams has been pending.