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Hendrix found guilty on 10 counts in the death of Rodrick Richardson

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Chatham County Superior Court jury found Darrell Hendrix guilty of felony murder in the April 25, 2013 death of Rodrick Richardson on Tuesday.

The jury convicted Hendrix of three counts of felony murder, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony and one count of aggravated assault.

Richardson was driving to work the midnight shift at Derst Bakery Company when his Honda Accord crashed near Hodge Elementary School.

Police originally thought the incident was an accident until they found Richardson with a head wound. An autopsy later revealed that his death was caused by a single .38 caliber gun shot to the head.

During the trial, Prosecutor Isabel Pauley called the murder senseless.

"Darrell Hendrix killed Rodrick Richardson for nothing…a car they didn't even get." Pauley described the case as gang-related attempted car-jacking, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The prosecution subpoenaed Hendrix's grandmother to discuss his confession to her of the murder. While initially cooperative, the grandmother later refused to come to the courthouse and testify unless she was arrested and brought there saying she was afraid of her grandson.

After her arrest but prior to testifying, the defendant angrily and repeatedly admonished her not to testify. During the grandmother's testimony, she refused to discuss Hendrix's confession to her of the murder.

Ultimately, her testimony was read from transcripts of her interviews with the police.

In her closing, Pauley quoted Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the famous African American reporter and civil rights activist, "The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them."

Chief Judge Michael Karpf will hold sentencing at a later date. Hendrix faces a maximum of life plus 80 years in prison for the charges.

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