Man faces life without parole in road rage shooting

Published 12-16-2018

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man is facing a life sentence without possibility of parole following his conviction in a road rage shooting in broad daylight at an eastern Pennsylvania intersection last year.

Jurors in Lehigh County deliberated less than an hour Friday before convicting 37-year-old Curtis Nathan Thomas of first-degree murder and fleeing police. The judge convicted him separately of firearms charges.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dimmig said 32-year-old Charles Hughes was gunned down "senselessly" in an Allentown street in November 2017 following a confrontation at a stop sign. He cited an account by a witness that the shooter said "I got something for you," saying that proved the defendant's intent to kill.

Public defender Mark Merdinger argued that witnesses hadn't positively identified his client and also cited discrepancies in their accounts.

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