Harrisburg man convicted of 2012 murder of Steelton cab driver
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
A Harrisburg man was convicted this afternoon of murdering a Steelton cab driver in a robbery attempt in March 2012, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer.
After four hours of deliberation, a Dauphin County jury found 21-year-old Adrian Collins guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.
Collins murdered 38-year-old cab driver Atlas Simpson after robbing him of a wad of cash that was in his car's sun visor.
Simpson was found slumped over inside his cab around 11:00 a.m. at the corner of 15th and Market streets on March 11. Police said he was shot in the back of the head.
Investigators said Collins was in the cab with a number of other people when he shot Simpson. According to Baer, that was the crux of Collins' defense.
He said defense attorney Pierre LaTour III argued that it was one of the other people in the cab that shot Simpson. LaTour did not pinpoint another suspect but said prosecutors could not definitively prove it was Collins that fired the fatal shot.
"It was a difficult case," Baer said. "People that were called to testify were close to the defendant ... so they were reluctant at trial. We had to rely on prior statements they had given to police."
Collins was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors were not seeing the death penalty.