Greenville, MS – Lonnie Nalls was convicted for the attempted murder of a local man by a Washington County Jury on Wednesday evening. Following a one day trial at the Washington County Convention Center, a jury returned verdicts convicting Nalls for the felony crimes of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today.
Nalls had been charged with these felony crimes following a shooting in February of 2018 on Eureka Street in Greenville. The shooting left the victim paralyzed after bullets damaged his spine. The testimony at trial was that Nalls and Lamarcus Ware drove by shooting at the victim with a rifle and a pistol and the bullets entered into an unoccupied house as well. Ware previously pled guilty to his involvement in this crime.
This case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department. The case was prosecuted by John L. Herzog Jr. and Austin Frye. Herzog said “This conviction will hopefully bring closure to the victim and will bring some measure of peace to Washington County with Nalls being convicted of this crime. Recklessly gunning down people cannot be tolerated here in Washington County.”
Nalls was charged in the indictment as being a violent habitual criminal and will face sentencing at a later date. Nalls had previous state and federal convictions for Robbery, Burglary of a Dwelling, and gun and drug crimes. Based on these prior violent convictions, Nalls faces the possibility of a life sentence with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
The trial was held in front of Judge Ashley Hines at the Washington County Convention Center to allow the Courts to remain open and so that justice could continue to be served in Washington County. Jurors reported in masks and were socially distanced during the trial. “We appreciate that the citizens of Washington County are willing to serve even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it shows that they are committed to justice in their county even in these challenging times,” Richardson said.