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Reservists convicted of Waddell murder

November 15, 2006

Albany -- Two Albany Marine reservists are convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Navarro Brinson and 20-year-old Temyrance Johnson were found guilty of killing 18-year-old Damarcus Waddell last November. He was gunned down, shot 10 times in the back, in the parking lot of the Dawson Road Pizza Hut restaurant.

After the verdict was read and the sentences imposed, a member of one of the defendants' families collapsed and was treated by paramedics.    

 Investigators say that Johnson and Waddell were dating the same woman. It had been thought that the murder could have been gang-related, but early in the investigation, police saw that it wasn't. APD Lt. James Williams said, "This case is not gang related, we have ruled this as a love triangle incident."  

The suspects ran away from the murder scene, leaving police few clues. Then Interim Police Chief Bobby Hooper told us, "They had very little to go on to start with. Using street sources and other traditional means of police work, we were able to make an arrest."

Johnson and Brinson were arrested at a Pinnacle West apartment on Westover Boulevard.  

The two Marine Reservists weren't on active duty and were not be immediately punished by the Marine Corps. It remains to be seen what military punishment, if any, they may face now that they've been found guilty of murder.  


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