Texas jury finds man guilty of murder in truck driver’s death

| 8/22/2008

One of four men charged in the killing of a Plano, TX, truck driver has been found guilty of capital murder by a Tarrant County jury.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that James Curnel was found guilty of murder on Thursday, Aug. 21, in the 2007 killing of truck driver Sevenler Cavit. Cavit was killed by a shotgun blast in a motel parking lot in Grand Prairie, TX, in January of that year.

Investigators say that Cavit had been approached by a man who asked to use his cell phone, and that a loud argument ensued. Prosecutors contend that Curnel and three other men were actually planning to steal Cavit’s truck.

Two of the other men agreed to testify against Curnel in exchange for reduced sentences. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty and Curnel was sentenced to life in prison, with no eligibility for parole for 40 years.

A fourth defendant, Toborish Roberson, is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 11.