ORLANDO, Fla. - A judge on Thursday denied a new trial for the man found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of 16-year-old Danielle Sampson, leaving her in a coma.
Lawyers for Tyrone Mosby, 19, requested a new trial after saying the jury could hear deputies' conservations in the secure hallway. The judge ruled on Thursday that there wasn't any way the jury could hear the conservations, saying that her seat on the bench is closer to the deliberation room.
Another motion for a new trial involving discovery issues will be heard on May 3.
Prosecutors said Mosby was in a shootout with Joseph when a bullet, intended for Joseph, hit Danielle. Mosby was also found guilty of attempted murder in his shots fired at Joseph.
Danielle was 15 years old and a sophomore at Apopka High School when she and her family got caught in crossfire as they left church July 29 in their van. Danielle was shot in the head by a stray bullet and now has severe brain damage.
"It's a bitter sweet day," said Danielle's mother, Alma Fletcher. "We're glad that justice has been served in this area, but it's not going to bring back my daughter the way we need her to be."
Police said Mosby, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was one of several people who had burglarized a home and shot at the homeowner as they ran away.
Mosby faces up to life in prison. He will be held on no bail, pending the April sentencing.
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