TEXAS CITY — A jury on Wednesday found a man guilty of murder and aggravated assault charges in connection with a pair of shootings at a Texas City bar, officials said.

Paul Anthony Crayton, 44, testified he shot James M. Martin Jr., 38, in self-defense on May 23, 2011, outside Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, 330 Texas Ave.

The jury, however, heard no evidence other than Crayton’s testimony that Martin was armed. Martin was shot nine times in the back as he was facedown on a sidewalk outside the bar, testimony revealed.

Texas City police accused Crayton of returning inside the bar and shooting at Derek Yell, 48, as he barricaded himself in the bar’s restroom. Yell escaped injury.

Police collected 18 spent shell casings in and outside the bar and arrested Crayton in Houston in September 2011.

The jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday in Judge Susan Criss’ 212th District Court in Galveston, Prosecutor Jennifer Ott said.

Crayton faces up to life in prison on the murder charge in a sentencing hearing that was expected to continue today.


Contact Reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

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