published Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Jury finds man guilty of first-degree murder in 2011 Apison case

A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury has found a 22-year-old man guilty in a 2011 murder at the Apison tennis courts.

Nathan Lalone was sentenced to life in prison. He was charged shortly after the Nov. 16, 2011, shooting. Prosecutors said that a mutual friend named Tyler Conrad called Christian Sosa, 19, to the tennis courts to smoke marijuana that night.

Instead, Conrad, Blakelen Adams and Sabrina Lovett went to a Walmart 10 miles away while Lalone ambushed Sosa and his girlfriend Meghan Bennett, firing at least 11 rounds into the car, killing Sosa and wounding Bennett.

Bennett and Lovett both testified during the trial that began Tuesday.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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