Final Notes on the Nicholas Thomas Murder Trial
COLUMBIA - A jury found Nicholas Thomas guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Tre'Veon Marshall last July. Columbia police officers found Marshall dead in McKee Park on July 14, 2013.
It took the jury roughly four hours to deliberate and make the decision Friday night. After the judge read the verdict, prosecutor Tracy Gonzalez shared words with Marshall's mother.
"We were just talking about how we were waiting for this day since last July, and then last August when Nick Thomas was arrested," Gonzalez said. "It's been a long 11 months, and we're happy with how things turned out."
Marshall's mother said the public can feel safer now because "a monster who killed her son is off the streets." Marshall's friend, CJ Stock, agreed.
"They convicted a monster which needed to be done," Stock said. "He took my brother's life, and now his life is taken."
Defense attorneys would not comment after the trial. Thomas and his attorneys have 25 days to file a motion for a new trial. Final sentencing is set for July 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Gonzalez said, "the only option for murder in the first degree is life without parole." As for armed criminal action, "it's a minimum of three years, up to any term of years, including life."
The trial wrapped up Friday night after three full days of testimony from both sides.