NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County jury has found a man guilty of capital murder in the 2014 shooting deaths. He will serve an automatic life sentence.
Decobie "Gutter" Durden, of Nacogdoches, is accused of the January 2014 shooting deaths of Deveston Flemon and William Cole at the Eastwood Terrace Apartment Complex off of E.J. Blvd.
Flemon, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cole, who was shot twice in the back, died a short time later at a Nacogdoches hospital.
The jury deliberated the case for about four hours.
In closing arguments, Durden's attorney, John Boundy, said Durden could have felt threatened and the incident escalated in just a matter of minutes.
"Knowing what they are capable of, he had to react," Boundy said. "He had a potential active shooter coming at him that night."
"The law of the street is a more brutal system and sometimes it's more efficient," Boundy said.
In her closing arguments, District Attorney Nicole LoStracco said evidence shows Durden could not have felt threatened.
"You don't pull out a gun in a fist fight," she said. "The other person needs to be using deadly force against you."
LoStracco said Durden is a felon who admitted to always carrying a gun.
"He carries a gun because he would shoot any threat," she said.
The jury began deliberating the case at 11 a.m.