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Ala. Trucker Convicted of Murder

June 17, 2000 GMT

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) _ A truck driver accused of opening fire on his former colleagues last August was convicted Saturday of capital murder in a workplace shooting rampage that left three men dead.

A Shelby County jury took 20 minutes to convict Alan Eugene Miller.

Miller showed no reaction as the verdict was read. Jurors immediately entered the penalty phase, where they will decide whether Miller should receive life in prison without possibility of parole or should die in Alabama’s electric chair.

Miller, 35, was charged with killing Lee Holdbrooks, Scott Yancy and Terry Jarvis in the August 5 rampage. Holdbrooks and Yancy worked with Miller at Ferguson Enterprises, and Miller had previously been fired from Post Airgas, where Jarvis worked.

Defense attorney Mickey Johnson conceded the mountain of prosecution evidence was convincing, and did not mount a defense during the trial. Johnson has said he will now concentrate on sparing his client’s life.

The jurors had been sequestered, so Circuit Judge Al Crowson scheduled an unusual Saturday session for closing arguments and the start of deliberations.