Jury convicts defendant for fatally shooting man on bicycle in Burlington last summer


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BURLINGTON, Iowa — A Des Moines County jury has convicted a 39-year-old man for fatally shooting a Burlington bicyclist last summer.

Joshua Royer, of Burlington, on Thursday was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Eddie Martin. Martin was shot by someone in a passing car as he sat on his bike at a Burlington street corner around 3 p.m. on Aug. 6. The Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/1Hzw7Nd ) that Royer, who owned the car witnesses saw, did not testify.

Prosecutor Ty Rogers said after the verdict was announced that he didn't want to comment on a motive, "because I really don't know what it is." Royer's attorney James Beres declined to comment but had said in his closing argument that the prosecution's case was full of holes.

Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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