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Jury finds man guilty of murder at Tropical Delights

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Posted at 9:34 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-16 17:02:03-05
Andrew Wesley Roberts

Andrew Wesley Roberts

Norfolk, Va. – Andrew Wesley Roberts has been found guilty for the murder of a security guard at Tropical Delights Restaurant and Lounge in Virginia Beach in 2014.

Agents with a U.S. Marshals-led task force arrested Roberts without much resistance in Atlanta.  Information received by detectives had led investigators to a residence in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Roberts was wanted in Virginia Beach for Murder, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony and Aggravated Malicious Wounding.

The 29-year-old was found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm. The jury fixed his punishment to 11 years behind bars. He will be sentenced formally on April 20th.

The charges stem from the shooting on May 21st that killed Tyrone Martin, who was working as a security guard at the club.

Officials say on May 21st, 2014, Roberts and two women went to Tropical Delights on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach. Tyrone Martin was working as a security guard there checking IDs at the front door. Roberts and the women went in the building and Martin approached one of the women because she did not show her ID.  Martin and the woman got into an argument and she went out to her car and refused to show an ID.

Roberts exited the building after the woman left and also started to argue with Martin. Roberts pulled out a gun and shot Martin three times, he was hit twice.

Martin collapsed inside the Tropical Delights and died at the hospital two days later.

The whole incident was captured on surveillance and played during the trial.

Roberts first left the scene in a car and then got out and ran away.

He threw the gun in the river the next day and then he ran to Atlanta.