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Jury returns guilty verdict in case of L.A. tourist gunned down in downtown Nashville

Andy Nunez and Joseph Santillan (Metro Police photos)

In only four hours, the jury reached a guilty verdict in the case of a murdered Los Angeles tourist who was shot to death in downtown Nashville.

Teddy Grasset, a well-known denim fashion designer from California, was murdered in an apparent robbery in downtown Nashville on Sept. 25, 2016.

Grasset and a friend were walking near the Country Music Hall of Fame when he was gunned down.

Andy Nunez and Joseph Santillan are both charged with first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder, especially aggravated attempted robbery, aggravated attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

A third suspect, Daniela Cruz, testified against the two co-defendants.

The murder rocked Nashville and the District Attorney’s Office said it made a lot of people rethink safety in the downtown tourism district. The DA’s office also said it was one of the reasons leading to increased police presence and a special prosecutor in the DA’s office to look into downtown crime.

On Thursday, a judge gave instructions to a jury of eight women and six men before they were to begin deliberations. Shortly after 5:25 p.m., the jury found Nunez and Santillan guilty on all counts.


Nunez:

Count 1- Guilty First Degree Premeditated Murder

Count 2- Guilty of Felony Murder (counts 1 and 2 merge for sentencing)

Count 3- Guilty Att. Esp. Agg Robbery

Count 4- Guilty Agg. Robbery


Santillan:

Count 1- Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

Count 2- Guilty of Felony Murder (counts 2 and 2 merge for sentencing for a life sentence)

Count 3- Guilty Att. Esp. Agg. Robbery

Count 4- Guilty Att. Agg Robbery


A representative with the DA's office said the victim's family and the trial team are "beyond pleased" with the outcome of the trial.

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