After nearly a full day of deliberation, the jury found Andrew Amison guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Sam Richardson, a popular barber in Prichard.
Richardson, 60 years old, was found dead in his barbershop at Garrison and Main streets on Nov. 22, 2011. Richardson had been shot twice — once in the back of the head and once through the bottom lip, according to forensic expert testimony on Jan. 15. Robbery was the motive, prosecutors said. However, Richardson had very little money or belongings on him the day he was murdered.
The only possessions missing from the scene were Richardson’s cell phone, wallet and keys to his car. Those items have never been found.
Shirley Richardson testified on Jan. 15 that her husband never kept a lot of cash on him or at the store.
“He was always careful not to carry around a lot of money,” she said. “I found out later on that he only had $3 on him when he was shot. The reason he had $3 was because on Tuesday’s he loved to go to Hart’s chicken and get their 99-cent special. He would get him two pieces. All he had was $3.”
Amison will be sentenced Feb. 19. Broderick Sylvester Brown, the co-defendant in the crime, has already been found guilty of two counts of felony murder. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
The maximum penalty for felony murder is life in prison.