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Jury convicts Dothan man of murder

DOTHAN (AP) — A Houston County jury convicted a Dothan man of murder in the fatal shooting of another man who paid for crack with a counterfeit $100 bill.

Circuit Judge Larry Anderson is expected to sentence Zephaniah Moore, 32, in May. The jury announced the verdict Wednesday after hearing testimony and arguments from prosecutors that Moore supplied crack to a woman who sold it for him. Police believe the woman sold some of the crack supplied by Moore to Travis Earl Stringer, 51, in December 2005.

They believe the woman then called Moore after she learned Stringer paid for the crack with a counterfeit bill. Police said Moore responded and eventually shot Stringer in front of his mother's home. Moore's attorney, Joey Sheffield, claimed the state didn't prove Moore was the shooter and said police were told Moore was somewhere else when the murder occurred.

"We feel like they have the wrong person behind bars and we still have a murderer at large," said Sheffield, who plans to appeal the conviction.

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