Verdict announced for man accused in deadly Springfield Speedway shooting rampage

SPRINGFIELD — A jury has found a man who killed a man and injured others in a shooting at the Springfield Speedway last July guilty on all counts, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

Trial for Emil Witherspoon began earlier this week.

Witherspoon, 44, previously entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including murder and felonious assault for the shooting on July 10 at the Speedway gas station on South Burnett Road.

Last year, Witherspoon was ruled competent to stand trial, according to online court records.

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Killed in the shooting was Antoine Crooks, 32, of Westerville, Ohio. Crooks was the boyfriend of Tiffany Brugler, 41, who was also injured in the shooting. Burgler and Witherspoon had been in a previous relationship and police said the motive of the shooting was domestic violence.

Also injured in the shooting were two children, a 7-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old boy. Both were released from area hospitals within days of the shooting.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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