Quanterius Dennis Found Guilty

By: Tallahassee Police Department; Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro, Alicia Turner Email
By: Tallahassee Police Department; Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro, Alicia Turner Email
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October 23, 2014 By: Alicia Turner
October 23, 2014

A Tallahassee man will spend the rest of his life in prison, after being convicted on a first degree murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence in prison. Quanterius Dennis was on trial for the murder of Alfred Daise.

Daise was found dead behind the wheel of his car at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Dr. in March of 2013. It took the jury close to four hours before reaching a decision.

Dennis was also found guilty on a second count of possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon.

Alfred Daise Sr. was in the court room as the jury delivered a guilty verdict. He said although this is doesn't bring his son back he’s glad justice was served.

"I'm basically still numb by the whole ordeal because we can’t believe that his life was taken first of all. Second, the defendant just denied everything wasting the courts time, wasting everyone’s time, because the evidence was overwhelming,” Daise said.

Prosecutor, Iorena Bueno, said she believes the evidence is what helped the jury come back with the guilty verdict.

"The surveillance video was very powerful, we don’t usually have homicides that happen on video. It was also the physical evidence the fact that we had the defendants fingerprint and his blood, those two things I think were crucial in this case.

LaCharles Hudson is also accused of having a hand in Daise’s death. No word yet on when his trial will start.



By: Alicia Turner
October 23, 2014

Quanterius Dennis found guilty of first degree murder. The verdict carries a lifetime mandatory sentence.

Dennis is one of two men accused in the shooting death of Alfred Daise.

Daise was found dead behind the wheel of his car at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive in March 2013.

Dennis is the first to stand trial for what prosecutors call a robbery gone bad.

The jury deliberated for nearly four hours before finding Dennis guilty.


By: Julie Montanaro
October 23, 2014 1 p.m.

A jury is now deliberating in the murder trial of Quanterius Dennis.

Jurors started deliberating shortly after noon.

We will keep you posted on the verdict.


UPDATED By Julie Montanaro
October 22, 2014

A Tallahassee man on trial for murder faced his accused accomplice in court today.

Quanterius Dennis is accused of shooting and killing Alfred Daise at the Motel 6 last spring.

Daise sped away but crashed and died at the intersection of Magnolia Drive and Apalachee Parkway.

LaCharles Hudson took the stand this afternoon. He's accused in the murder too. Hudson testified he and Dennis planned to rob Daise, but claims Dennis fired three times when Daise refused to open his car door.

The defense argues Hudson's testimony on the stand differed greatly from his initial interview with police.

The trial is expected to continue tomorrow.



UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
October 21, 2014 6pm

A Tallahassee man who found himself staring down the barrel of a gun rammed the car behind him, drove through a fence and took off to try to save his life, prosecutors say, but he didn't get far.

Today, the man accused of pulling the trigger is on trial for murder.

Querida Moore says she remembers exactly what her boyfriend Alfred Daise was wearing the last time she saw him . She had to stay in and study that night. He was meeting friends at the club.

"It was about 11:45," Moore testified. "He had a pink hat, a pink shirt and he had his necklace on," Moore said.

About three hours later, Daise was dead.

Officers testified they thought they were responding to a traffic crash at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive that night in March 2013.

They soon discovered the gold Nissan Maxima had two bullet holes in it and Daise was dead in the driver's seat.

"This was a robbery gone wrong," prosecutor Lorena Vollrath-Bueno told the jury.

Quanterius Dennis is one of two men accused in Daise's murder.

Prosecutors claim the deadly shots were fired at the nearby Motel 6 and claim surveillance cameras captured Dennis walking up to Daise's driver's side door.

They say they have Dennis's thumbprint to prove it .

"... and were they a match?" the prosecutor asked.

"Yes, ma'am they were," testified Jonathan AuClair, TPD's lead forensic investigator in the case.

AuClair testified officers ultimately tracked Dennis down by piecing together fragments of a busted tail light and putting out a bolo for a banged up Chevy Malibu.

Yet defense attorneys questioned a heavily smudged thumbprint, a 45 with no DNA, a blurry video and the story told by Dennis's friend and co-defendant LaCharles Hudson, who they expect to testify against him.

"His account of what happened that evening has not always been the same," defense attorney Darren Shippy told the jury.

Daise, prosecutors claim, had met a woman at the club that night and went with her to the Motel 6. Prosecutors say a friend had warned him about her and told him to stop flashing his money.

Officers found Daises's driver's license and 999 dollars in cash tucked into a boot in the trunk of his car.

Quanterius Dennis's trial is expected to continue through Thursday. We'll keep you posted on a verdict.


Updated
October 21, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Tallahassee man is now on trial for a deadly shooting outside of the Motel 6 on Apalachee Parkway back in March 2013.

Quanterius Dennis is now on trial for the murder of 27 year old Alfred Daise. Daise was found shot to death in his car at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive.

Prosecutors say it was a robbery gone bad and say the confrontation was caught on surveillance video at the Motel 6.

Prosecutors say Dennis's friend and co-defendant will testify against him.

They told jurors that Dennis's fingerprints were found on Daise's car door handle.

They say Dennis also led police on a chase a few days after the shooting and officers say a 45 caliber gun found along the route matched shell casings found at the scene of the shooting.

Defense attorneys however say there is no DNA linking Quanterius Dennis to the gun and say the surveillance video is not clear enough to make out who was standing at Daise's driver side door.

Defense attorneys suggest the co-defendant has repeatedly changed his story and he and at least two other witnesses have felony records.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
April 23, 2013

A Leon County grand jury has indicted Quanterius Dennis and LaCharles Hudson of first degree murder in the death of Alfred Daise.

Daise was found dead in his car near the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive last month.

Tallahassee Police believe he was shot at the Motel 6 nearby and died as he tried to get away.


Press Release: Tallahassee Police Department

UPDATE: March 26th, 2013

The Tallahassee Police Department has identified a second suspect in connection with the homicide of Mr. Daise. TPD has obtained a homicide warrant for LaCharles Hudson. Mr Hudson is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail in connection with this warrant after the vehicle he was traveling in was stopped by the Echols County Georgia Sheriff's Department for an unrelated traffic infraction.

TPD Investigators are continuing to interview all witnesses and process evidence in this case and are asking anyone with information to call (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

Please see the attached probable cause for further details.

Arrested: LaCharles Hudson


March 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee police have made an arrest in the homicide of Alfred Daise, a man found dead in his car on Magnolia Drive last week.

Quanterius Dennis has been charged with homicide and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police say video captured from security cameras show the Alfred Daise's Nissan colliding with the suspect's Chevy sedan in a motel 6 parking lot.

WCTV will bring you more information today on Eyewitness News at Noon.


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