Man found guilty for deadly Bellevue attempted robbery; family says justice was served


A man was found guilty on all charges Friday for killing a 29-year-old man during an attempted robbery in July.

According the District Attorney's Office, Joseph Ware was found guilty for his role in the attempted robbery, first-degree murder of 29-year-old Billy Ray Plunk.

Watch the emotional moments after the verdict was read, and Plunk's family said they finally saw justice served.

Billy Ray Plunk, 29, was killed during attempted robbery in Bellevue in July 2016. The victim and his brother were in the parking lot of the Iroquois Apartments around 5:30 a.m., when they were approached by two men in a silver SUV, according to Metro Police.

Officers said one of the men in the SUV approached the brothers with a gun and demanded money. Plunk complied, but the suspect shot him in the back anyways, police said.

He was later pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Ware and the second suspect, 29-year-old Jamal Bekhtyar fled the scene.

Bekhtyar was jailed in the Davidson County on beer theft charges he received two days after the murder.

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