Limestone County jury returns guilty verdict for ‘Sonic shooter’

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After long hours of deliberation, a Limestone County jury has found a man guilty of capital murder.

Dacedric Ward was present for the verdict at the Limestone County Courthouse on Friday morning.

Ward was facing the murder charge for the 2016 shooting at a Sonic restaurant in Madison, the first homicide of the year for the jurisdiction at the time. Jason Ender West, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police at the time said they discovered during the investigation that the victim had been shot during a robbery, possibly involving drug dealing. Later, police say Ward and another suspect, Trevor Cantrell, told West they would sell him Xanax — but actually intended to steal it.

Ward is accused of shooting West in the chest, although Ward has made statements suggesting that he and Cantrell shot the teenager.

According to online court records, the jury also found Ward guilty of murder inside a vehicle.

In a recent motion, Ward’s defense attempted to keep security footage of the incident out of trial, but that motion was denied.

Ward now faces a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison.


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