Wilson actually faced multiple charges. The jury returned the following verdicts: One count of murder with extreme indifference - Not Guilty. First-degree felony murder while committing a robbery — Guilty. Attempted aggravated robbery — Guilty. Attempted robbery — Guilty. Wilson now faces a mandatory life sentence without parole. He could also get additional prison time if 4th Judicial District Judge David L. Shakes finds him guilty of being a habitual criminal for three prior felonies. A sentencing date will be set next week.
Pelayo-Perez, a 35-year-old mother of four and the manager of a La Casita restaurant, was fatally wounded by a single hollow point .40-caliber bullet while she sat in an friend’s SUV in the parking lot of the Shannon Glen apartments on the 200 block of Murray Boulevard.
Much of the case revolved around an accomplice who rolled over and became a snitch. Kyle Robert Gray was in the vehicle with Wilson at the time of the shooting. Later on, after Gray was jailed on a violation of a restraining order against his wife, he offered to solve the murder and give up Wilson in exchange for consideration. So he became the prosecution's star witness. In a plea agreement reached on Monday June 14th, Gray pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and being an accessory to a crime. He faces 20 to 34 years in prison when he is sentenced following Wilson’s trial. Kandin Wilson chose not to take the stand in his own defense.
The defense strategy was to attack the credibility of Gray as well as another witness, Hermemegildo Castellon, who was with Pelayo-Perez when she got shot. Castellon, who picked Wilson out of a lineup, admitted having about 10 beers on the night leading up to the shooting. The defense also claimed an alibi for Wilson, saying he had been at home with his aunt and uncle when the shooting occurred. However, prosecutors countered with cell phone records of the signals bouncing off towers that showed he was not at his relatives’ Colorado Springs home at the time of the murder. This gave Gray's testimony the additional corroboration necessary to persuade the jury of Wilson's guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Jury foreman Jeff Bubar said it was not an easy verdict. Unlike most television dramas that get solved with scientific evidence, this case hinged on subjective measures such as credibility of the accomplice-turned-prosecution witness or the ability of the victim’s boyfriend to identify Wilson as the gunman. The jury found it necessary to rely extensively upon personal experience.
Creating some confusion in this case was the fact that the defendant and the snitch both claimed membership in the American Nazi Party (ANP). It became necessary for ANP Chairman Rocky Suhayda to issue a statement denying that these people were ever associated with the ANP. As the trial progressed, it became apparent that this so-called "American Nazi Party" claimed by Wilson and Gray was actually a counterfeit prison-based gang that took the name upon itself. The following excerpt from the account of the June 30th proceedings establishes this fact:
[Kyle Robert] Gray explained that there were varying degrees of punishment for ANP members who break the rules by talking to outsiders.
“Does it matter who you’re talking about, a general or a prospect?” Whitney asked.
No, Gray replied.
“You’re not just talking. You’re testifying,” Whitney added. “What do you think could happen to you?”
“If they can get ahold of me, I’d be killed,” Gray said.
[Defense] Attorney Philip L. Dubois is defending Kandin Eric Wilson who is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 27 shooting death of Susana Pelayo-Perez. Wilson allegedly was an ANP “prospect”.
Dubois had an interesting style in his cross-examination of Gray.
It wasn’t thundering confrontation. It was more like thinly veiled sarcasm.
If the strategy was meant to provoke Gray, he didn’t take the bait. Gray never raised his voice. He offered most yes and no answers and hardly any resistance to most of Dubois’ questions.
For example, when Gray described the ANP as more of a prison gang than a street gang, Dubois asked:
“Where are the illustrious president and vice president of the American Nazi Party?”
In prison, Gray replied.
Dubois took Gray through his history with the ANP; how he began as a prospect for a six-month period while in prison.
His job as a prospect included collecting debts from other inmates, Gray said.
He became a full-fledged ANP member in October 2007 while at the Crowley Correctional Facility.
Tattoo equipment is not permitted in prison, but that didn’t prevent Gray from getting his ANP “patch.”
This bears virtually no resemblance to the actual American Nazi Party, which is a political organization that doesn't have "prospects" and doesn't "patch" its supporters. But this illustrates how a bunch of misfits can steal the name of a reputable organization and bring harm upon the White Nationalist community through misrepresentation. We continue to be plagued by misfits who use White Nationalism as nothing more than protective cover for personal hooliganism. The official American Nazi Party clearly had nothing to do with these people.
It's too bad the Colorado Springs Gazette didn't take the time to contact the real American Nazi Party and get the full story. But that's why the pro-White blogosphere exists; to provide the rest of the story.