Created on Thursday, 04 October 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
Following an afternoon’s worth of deliberations, jurors returned a mixed verdict Wednesday in the case of Kevin Duncan, 29, of Bellefontaine, accused of robbery and trafficking in drugs.
The defendant was found not guilty of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, but was convicted of robbery, a second-degree felony. Mr. Duncan faces between two and eight years in prison when he is sentenced Monday.
Nine women and three men considered the case for about five hours Wednesday, returning a verdict shortly before 4 p.m.
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Prosecutors are relying on testimony from a retired detective with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and an undercover informant with a lengthy history of drug abuse, to convict a Bellefontaine man on trial for robbery and dealing drugs.
The case against Kevin Duncan, 29, was the result of two undercover drug buys set up by the sheriff’s office. Stormi Kiser, the informant utilized by now-retired detective Keith LeVan, told jurors Tuesday that on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 she contacted Mr. LeVan and offered her services as an informant to buy crack cocaine and heroin from the defendant.
On the Jan. 19 buy, Mr. LeVan testified he picked up Ms. Kiser at her residence and took her to the area of Wal-Mart and Brookstone Apartments along Gunntown Road, where the informant was given $20 to purchase crack cocaine from Mr. Duncan.