Two Local Men Convicted in Robbery, Murder
Two men who followed a local casino patron home to rob him of his winnings, then shot and killed his roommate, are found guilty in Caddo District Court.
The trial of 37-year-old Kinoy Singleton, the gunman in the crime, and his accomplice, 43-year-old Robert Lynn, began September 12. Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, the 11-woman, one-man jury began deliberations, and reached a guilty verdict just before midnight.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts against the two -- Singleton for second-degree murder and Lynn for manslaughter. An alleged accomplice, 34-year-old Shreveporter Shavez Taylor, is scheduled to stand trial January 23 for her role in the crime.
According to the Caddo District Attorney's Office, the men were charged with targeting a Margaritaville Casino patron by sending Taylor to coerce him into inviting her to his home, where he was robbed and his roommate -- 49-year-old William Carroll -- was shot and killed by Singleton.
Caddo Parish assistant district attorneys Monique Metoyer and Ron Stamps, who prosecuted the case, are said to have made extensive use of casino video surveillance and a trail of cell phone texts and messaging to demonstrate the targeting and methodology of the pursuit, robbery and slaying.
Singleton faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Lynn faces at least 10 years in prison, but no more than 40 years, but prosecutors plan to seek enhanced sentencing for Lynn based on prior convictions.
The men will be back in court October 20 for post-trial motions, and will be sentenced at a later date.