Kansas man guilty of killing woman in federal drug trafficking case

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A federal jury today returned a verdict convicting a Junction City man of murdering a woman to keep her from giving information to federal law enforcement officers about his involvement in drug trafficking.

Marcus D. Roberson, 32, of Junction City, Kansas was convicted of murder, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine.

Prosecutors say that on March 3, 2010, Roberson lured 25-year-old Crystal Fisher to central Junction City near an alley and shot her four times at close range with a .40 caliber pistol. The handgun was later found in a pond behind a Junction City Walmart.

Evidence was also presented of Roberson's involvement in a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine throughout the Junction City area.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine up to $10 million. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Seven co-defendants were also arrested in the case:

-Kennin Dewberry, who was sentenced to 240 months in prison.
-Virok D. Webb, who is awaiting trial.
-Jamaica L. Chism, who is set for sentencing April 14.
-Alisha A. Escobedo, who is set for sentencing April 21.
-Megan N. Fuller, who is set for sentencing April 21.
-Caress Jackson, who is set for sentencing April 21.
-Keishana Johnson, who is set for sentencing April 21.

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