Port Arthur man convicted in 2011 shooting death

A Port Arthur man has been found guilty in the 2011 shooting death of a Georgia construction worker.

It took a jury a little over an hour following a three-day trial to hand down the guilty verdict in the trial of Joshua Thomas.

According to information presented in court, a woman called Port Arthur police to report a shooting at her home in the 1000 block of 12th Street.  When officers arrived they determined the victim, Michael Walker, 48, of Georgia, had been shot inside the house. 

Walker was taken to Christus Hospital St. Mary where he was pronounced dead.

According to 12News file stories, Walker was a contract worker in town for a job at Motiva.

Witnesses told police that Joshua Thomas had showed up at the house armed with a gun seeking retaliation against Walker because he believed Walker had assaulted Thomas' aunt. 

A Jefferson County Grand Jury handed up a murder indictment against Thomas on August 18, 2011.

Sentencing is set for May 8.

Thomas faces between 5 to 99 years in prison.


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