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Angry Bar Patron Convicted of Murder, Killed Woman With Stray Bullet, Wounding Target in Nightclub
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Angry Bar Patron Convicted of Murder, Killed Woman With Stray Bullet, Wounding Target in Nightclub

Today, Prince George's County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks announced that a Prince George's County Jury found Adrian Francis Lewis,  31 of Suitland guilty of  the 2nd Degree Murder (30 Years) of Cynthia Aaron, 32, of Houston, Texas and the 2nd Degree Attempted Murder (30) of Walter Corey Britt, 34 of Bowie.  The Defendant was also found guilty of Use of Handgun (2 Counts 20 years each) in the commission of an act of violence.   Circuit Judge Melanie Shaw-Geter presided over the case since last Tuesday.  The jury re-convened at 10 AM today.

The conviction stems from an incident when shortly before 2 am on April 10, 2010, Adrian Lewis started a fist fight with some patrons outside of Andrew’s Bar & Grill, located at 6407 Suitland Road, Suitland Maryland.  This fight was captured on the Bar’s security surveillance video system, which was later turned over to the police.  It clearly showed the Defendant grabbing a young lady and then attacking her friends with his fists as they tried to protect her from him. 

After the fight, Mr. Lewis went home, retrieved a 9MM handgun and returned to the parking lot of the bar.  Upon returning to the scene, Mr. Lewis approached Walter Britt, an innocent bystander who was at the bar that night and who was not involved in the earlier fight with Mr. Lewis.  Mr. Lewis then pulled the handgun from his waistband, yelled out, “I’m gonna kill all you all” and started shooting at Mr. Britt and into the crowd of people exiting the bar.  Mr. Britt was struck five times in the back.  Although he suffered a collapsed lung among his many injuries Mr. Britt survived. Cynthia Aaron was not so lucky.  She was struck one time in the back of the head by one of the bullets Mr. Lewis sprayed into the crowd.  She was killed instantly.

The case was tried before a Prince George’s County jury starting Tuesday, January 25 and concluding Friday January 28, 2011.  The jury deliberated 3 hours before returning a verdict of Guilty on 2nd Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder and two counts of using a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.

Sentencing was set for April 6, 2011 before the presiding Judge, The Honorable Melanie Shaw-Geter.

“This verdict sends a strong message that violent criminals will not be tolerated in Prince George's County. Assistant State’s Attorney Wes Adams won a hard fought conviction.  We hope justice will be meted out for a just punishment for brutal murder of an innocent woman gunned down randomly in the prime of life,” stated Angela D. Alsobrooks.

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