Teen Convicted of Killing Man found Dead on Street

Aryion Sanders

ALTON–A jury has found 19-year-old Aryion Sanders guilty of murder in a fatal shooting at a Section 8 housing complex in 2015. The jury returned the sentence against Sanders after five hours of deliberation Friday that followed

a two-day trial.  Sanders was charged with first-degree murder in August 2015 days after the shooting death of James Hubbard Jr., 41, at a public housing complex where both he and Sanders lived. Hubbard was dispatched about 2 a.m. at the complex in the 700 block of Oakwood.

Police received a 911 call of a person down and discovered Hubbard with multiple gunshot wounds on the roadway outside the complex.

Alton Police called in the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis to help investigate. Sanders was charged with first-degree murder about a week later. He was 17 at the time of the shooting. In September, a judge declared a mistrial

in Sanders’ case after it was discovered a juror had “communicated with an outside individual” and was given information that tainted the jury’s deliberations, which lasted six hours without reaching a unanimous decision.

A month earlier, the trial was postponed when two witnesses got cold feet and failed to appear in court. In the retrial last week, witness testimony supported authorities’ claim that Sanders had walked up behind Hubbard

and shot him four times at point-blank range. Sanders will remain locked up at the Madison County Jail until his sentencing.He faces up to 60 years in prison for the first-degree murder conviction and could face an additional 25 years because he used a firearm.

 

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