Jury finds man guilty of murdering former SU football player

Walter Fort
Walter Fort
Silas Gibbs (Source: Facebook)
Silas Gibbs (Source: Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Closing arguments began Thursday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing a Southern football player in 2012. A jury decided that Walter Fort is guilty as charged.

Silas Gibbs was found shot and killed in March of 2012 inside a car on I-110 and Chippewa.

The jury came back with a verdict around 3 p.m. after deliberating for about 90 minutes.

Walter Fort, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in the shooting death of Silas Gibbs, 24.

The Baton Rouge Police Department believed the two men were riding together in a car when Gibbs was shot.

According to investigators, the shooting happened on I-110 near the Chippewa Street exit on March 3, 2012. Gibbs was found dead in the passenger seat of the car.

Two days later, officers arrested Fort in Houston. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after being extradited back to Baton Rouge.

Gibbs was a former running back for Clinton High School and Southern University.

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