A woman was found guilty of felony murder on Friday in Limestone County.
Kandes Lambert was charged with the robbery and shooting death of Brenton Gatlin in 2017. The jury began deliberating Friday afternoon.
This was Limestone County’s first murder trial since the pandemic put jury trials on hold last year. A sentencing hearing is set for June 5.
District Attorney Brian Jones said the delay in these murder trials has been hard on victims’ families who want justice.
Jones provided this statement:
Jury of 11 women and 1 man found Kandes Elizabeth Lambert guilty of Felony Murder.
I want to thank the jury for their attention in this case and for their dedication to their fellow citizens of Limestone County. This was a huge step for this county. This was the first criminal jury trial since the COVID shutdown and we were uncertain as to how a jury would react to our “new norm. This jury was very patient and understanding of our COVID protocols and undertook their task with diligence.
While I was glad to be trying a jury trial, I was pretty apprehensive about all the new technology that our judges have installed in their courtrooms. The old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks was definitely a concern here, but I was pleased that everything worked smoothly & we are already thinking of ways to improve our presentation methods for the trial next week.
This is the second trial of the three defendants accused of killing Brenton Gatlin. The family and I are looking forward to the final trial in April, so that this family can put this behind them and can finally finish the grieving process.