Kent County jurors on Monday, Oct. 10 convicted a Grand Rapids man in the March shooting death of a young father in what a prosecutor called a “cold-blooded ambush.’’
Jurors found Robert Bruce Lewis Hallman guilty of first-degree murder and two weapons offenses for the March 10 shooting at Alger Meadows apartments on Ottillia Street at Nelson Avenue SE. Investigators say 31 rounds were fired.
The shooting followed an argument between Hallman and the victim, 26-year-old Stroy Pittman. He was struck multiple times and died at the scene. It was the city’s first homicide of 2016.
“All of the rounds are fired at one person,’’ Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Travis Earley told jurors during closing arguments Friday. “Like a dog laying on the ground, he’s shot from behind.’’
Jurors began deliberating late Friday and resumed again Monday morning. They asked to rehear testimony from last week.
Hallman, 32, will return to court for sentencing Nov. 10. He is facing mandatory life in prison without parole.
Defense attorney Damian Nunzio concedes that Hallman was there, but said Hallman had nothing to do with the murder. Hallman and Pittman got into an argument prior to the shooting and Hallman walked away, even after being punched in the arm, Nunzio told jurors on Friday.
Earley said .223-caliber shell casings found in the backyard of Hallman’s home on Temple Street SE matched evidence at the scene of the murder. Police also recovered from his home two 30-round magazines, one of which was empty, and a rifle case.