Man convicted in 2009 downtown robbery-shooting
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It took a Cole County jury a little over an hour to find a St. Louis man guilty in connection with an October 2009 robbery and shooting.
Patrick Harris, also known as Patrick Evans, 38, was found guilty of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce ordered a sentence advisory report to be done before the final sentence against Harris is handed down. No date has been set.
According to police reports, the robbery occurred on the night of Oct. 13, 2009, at 611 E. Capitol Ave.
Harris was shot by one of the victims in the robbery, Justin Schnieders, who acted in self-defense, authorities said.
After he was shot, Harris hid in an apartment above where the shooting occurred while authorities looked for him. Harris was not found until the next day when a blood trail helped lead authorities to the apartment.
During testimony Tuesday, several members of the Jefferson City Police Department told jurors how they had been involved in finding Harris in the apartment.
They testified that Harris had a bloody hand, wrapped in a towel, and that they had found several areas of blood throughout the apartment.
Officers also located a gun, hidden between a mattress and boxspring, that was believed to have been used in the crime.
Harris was questioned by officers after he was found in the apartment and later at the police department where, according to the officers, he eventually admitted to committing the crime.
All the officers were asked by Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson if they could identify Harris in the courtroom and each did.
Richardson also called on a Missouri Highway Patrol lab technician who tested several pieces of evidence where blood was found and said the results indicated the blood was consistent with Harris’s blood.
Harris’s attorney, public defender Jan King, argued there was not enough identification evidence to convict his client.
He pointed out that only one of the victims of the crime who testified Monday could identify Harris as the perpetrator.
King said that was not a dependable identification, especially if only the suspect’s eyes could be seen and the rest of his face was covered by a bandana or scarf.
Harris did not testify in his own defense and King called no witnesses during the trial.