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Antonio Myers was this afternoon convicted of the gangland murder of 42 member Kumi Harford.

Middletown gang member Myers, along with an accomplice not before the courts, showered the 30-year-old victim with bullets as he sat in his car on St Monica's Road around 5am on December 5, 2009.

Prosecutors said the assassination, which was carried out with two guns and saw 13 bullets fired at the victim, was carried out by Middletown gang members seeking revenge.

Just 90 minutes earlier, the aunt of one of Myers' girlfriends had been involved in an altercation with a 42 member called David Cox at the Devonshire Recreation Club.

Two witnesses, homeless men Andrew Laws and Edwin Darrell, gave evidence against Myers during the prosecution case.

Mr Darrell said Myers confessed to the crime.

Clothes found by police burning on a bonfire shortly after the shooting had Myers' DNA and gunshot residue on them.

Myers's mother, Deborah Maynard, 56, had taken the witness stand during the trial to give evidence for the defence.

She said her son had been asleep on the couch in her home just half an hour before the shooting.

Ms Maynard sobbed loudly after the jury delivered their verdicts.

Myers - nicknamed Stone due to his cold nature according to prosecution witness Mr Laws - was impassive as the verdicts came in.

Myers will be sentenced at a later date, and is facing a life sentence.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves ordered background reports and a date for the sentence will be fixed later.

Heralding the outcome of the case, Assistant Police Commissioner David Mirfield said: "This verdict demonstrates that the jury system works in Bermuda."

The jury delivered their unanimous verdict after just over three hours of deliberation this afternoon.

Antonio Myers was today found guilty of the murder of Kumi Harford.
Victim Kumi Harford

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Published March 28, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm)

Myers guilty of gangland murder

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