KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Brandon Donaldson was found guilty in the shooting death of pregnant teen Marcia Crider.
Crider was shot in February of 2013 in front of her home in the 3900 block of Porter Avenue in Knoxville.
Jurors reached a verdict after over eight hours of deliberations.
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Donaldson, 24, was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of both Crider and her unborn child. Crider was 13 weeks pregnant. Crider was struck by two rounds, one of which killed the unborn child.
He was also found guilty of attempted second degree murder for Crider’s mother Pebbles Renee Jones, who was in the car during the shooting, and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony.
Donaldson is the first defendant convicted in Knox County under a law that allows for the prosecution of defendants who murder a fetus, regardless of the viability of the unborn child. Previously, a fetus had to be viable for a murder charge.
Donaldson also had a prior cocaine conviction. He faces a minimum of 18 years in prison, but the state will ask for the maximum of 72 years. His sentencing date was set for March 6, 2015.
Renee Jones was in the car sitting next to her daughter Marcia Crider when the shooting happened.
“Nothing is going to bring her back. There’s nothing in this world today that I can do to bring her back,” said Jones.
Jones became her daughter’s voice, making sure to attend all of the court hearings since the murders. Jones admits the trial was difficult for her to sit through.
“She was lied on tremendously in the courtroom said that she caused the fight when all she did was call me to get her and bring her out if the home,” said Jones.
Donaldson’s grandfather Paul Kyle was at the courthouse for the trial. He says he accepts the jury’s decision and feels for all involved.
“I just want to pray for everybody who is involved. I pray for the judge. I pray for the jury because this is a pretty emotional thing on them. This isn’t easy for nobody to go through,” said Kyle.
Jones also accepts the jury’s verdict and possible sentence length. She says even though the trial is over and her daughter and unborn grandchild are gone, they will never be forgotten.
“Her memory will live with me forever no matter where she’s at and I know she’s in heaven with her child,” said Jones.