Marvin Titus sentenced to Life plus 10 years
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Marvin Titus, 44 yoa, was sentenced today following his May 20, 2015 conviction, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced. Titus had been indicted by a Washington County grand jury for the charge of Murder as a Habitual Offender that stemmed from the January 18, 2013 shooting of Christopher Walls.
After an hour and a half of deliberations, a Washington County jury found Titus guilty after two days of testimony. Marvin Titus was convicted for shooting and killing Christopher Walls on Orlando Street here in Greenville, MS. One witness testified in open court how she was present in the home of Christopher Walls and overheard Marvin Titus enter the house, argue with Walls, and ultimately shoot him. Walls was struck one time in his right arm and died as a result of excessive bleeding. The bullet struck a main artery in Walls’ arm. After being shot, Christopher Walls ran down the street to the home of a friend to seek medical assistance.
Marvin Titus was convicted of Murder with an enhancement for possessing a firearm during the commission of the Murder. Marvin Titus is also a habitual offender having three prior felony convictions in Washington County. Judge Margaret Carey-McCray sentenced Titus to Life in the State Penitentiary as a Habitual Offender plus an additional 10 years in prison for the Firearm Enhancement to run Consecutive to his Life sentence.
June 5, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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