Vernon Forrest Murder Trial: Jury Finds Ware Guilty

By Chris LaBate

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Fulton County jury found DeMario Ware guilty of felony murder and lesser charges in the shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, 38, on July 25, 2009 in Atlanta’s Mechanicsville neighborhood. DeMario Ware had admitted to pointing a loaded gun at Vernon Forrest and taking the boxer’s gold championship ring and diamond Rolex watch.

But, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on the most serious count - malice murder - because Ware, 22, did not fire the gun that killed Forrest, but was convicted on charges of felony murder, armed robbery and possession of a gun during commission of a crime. He could be sentenced to life in prison on the felony murder charges.

On the night of the incident, Ware pointed a loaded gun at Forrest and took the boxer’s gold championship ring and diamond Rolex watch. Forrest produced his own handgun and chased Ware, who ducked into a nearby apartment building. As the boxer gave up the chase and returned to his car - Charman Sinkfield - one of Ware’s codefendants, allegedly shot Forrest twice in the back, then walked up to the fallen fighter and fired eight more shots before meeting a third codefendant, Jquante Crews, who was driving Ware’s car, to make an escape.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Unknown Champ on 08-18-2011

Damn Vernon was packin too, so he got caught slippin flawsin in the hood and another black on black violent crime was committed. That sickens me, so much needless violence.

Comment by Heeb on 08-18-2011

Give him life.

Comment by Iceta Lives on 08-18-2011

The guy who pulled the trigger needs to be shot.

Comment by Neckodeemus on 08-18-2011

RIP Vernon & glad to see justice partially served. Forrest had a lot of fans here in Manchester's boxing community & we wish we could have seen him doing his stuff here in the UK. Still a big loss to…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 08-18-2011


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