Suspect found guilty in 2006 Madison market murder

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 4:59pm

Today a jury delivered a guilty verdict in the case against Joshua Brown, one of three individuals involved in the 2006 Madison market hold up that left two clerks dead.

The jury deliberated for less than a half hour before finding Brown guilty of two counts of felony murder, one court of attempted especially aggravated robbery and one count of attempted first degree murder. He will serve an automatic life sentence.

In December of 2006, a then 20-year old Brown, Rokisha Alderson, 16, and Robin Betts, 18, allegedly held up the AM/PM Discount Tobacco Store on Gallatin Road. In the course of the robbery, Alderson and Brown killed the Egyptian immigrants who owned the store, Bishouy Hanna, 24, and Salama Estfanous, 23, while Betts waited in a getaway car. A third victim, customer James Lee Rayburn, was shot but survived.

In January of 2008, Alderson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for her part in the incident.

Brown will automatically receive a life sentence, but the jury will decide whether it will be with or without the possibility of parole.

According to Davidson County District Attorney Office representative Susan Niland, the third defendant pleaded guilty to facilitation of murder. He is serving a 60-year sentence.

4 Comments on this post:

By: wataboutbob on 11/19/09 at 7:43

Since Betts was waiting in the getaway car during the robbery and murders, is it normal the person would still face first degree murder charges? I thought first degree had to show intent to murder. On the surface the charge for Betts doesn't seem just.

By: oldhickorytony on 11/19/09 at 3:21

Yes, it's normal. As the article specifies... he was convicted of "Felony Murder"... which in this state means you were participating in the commission of a felony when someone was murdered.

By: oldhickorytony on 11/19/09 at 3:29

I meant to say that he (Betts) could have been convicted of Felony Murder, but he (Betts) pled down to the lesser charge facilitation of murder. He got off easy.

By: wataboutbob on 11/19/09 at 4:05

Thanks ....tony. The article was updated/modified after I left my comment. The last paragraph did say that Betts was facing charges of two counts of first degree murder and one of attempted first degree murder. Hence my question.

It did not mention the plead or the facilitation. Thanks again.