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Jury returns swift verdict in Latray Whitley trial

Panel deliberates for 35 minutes, returns guilty verdict

SAN ANTONIO - The jury in the murder trial of Latray “Pooh” Whitley wasted no time in returning their verdict Friday.

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After deliberating for 35 minutes, the verdict was handed to District Judge Maria Teresa Herr.

“'We the jury find the defendant, Latray Whitley, guilty of murder as charged in the indictment,'" Herr read.

A brief verbal outburst from Whitley’s family and friends was quickly quieted by more than a dozen bailiffs on hand when the verdict was read. The jury gave Whitley a life sentence.

Whitley was on trial for murder in the expressway shooting death of Corey “Gumby” Cumby.

He was shot once in the heart as his vehicle and one driven by Whitley sped along I-35 near Walzem Road in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, 2009, according to prosecutors.

Whitley later told a cellmate that he shot Cumby.

He said he was angry because Cumby had cheated his younger brother in the sale of some rims.

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