Updated 10/07/2010 05:25 PM
City Bus Driver's Killer Found Guilty Of Murder
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A 22-year-old man was found guilty Thursday of killing a bus driver on his route in Brooklyn.
Horace Moore stabbed and killed Edwin Thomas, 46, in 2008 after the bus driver refused to give Moore a $2 transfer.
Moore confessed to killing the 16-year veteran driver, however his lawyer argued he did not mean for the wounds to be fatal.
Thomas' family says the verdict comes as a relief.
"Me and my brother can never see our dad, have him smile, or anything anymore you understand? And he's still living. So I feel like justice was served," said the victim's daughter, Edley Thomas.
The defense tried to argue Moore intended to hurt the driver, not kill him. However, the prosecution successfully argued he had more than just injuries in mind.
"The acts of the defendant not only during and afterwards, indicate a clear intention to kill. That included the amount of injuries, type of weapon used, and the areas of the body that had been stabbed, which were the heart area and the abdomen," said Assistant District Attorney Julie Rendelman.
Many of Thomas' co-workers crowded the court room in a sign of support.
As a result of the stabbing, the Transport Workers Union and the MTA have been looking into ways to protect drivers, including driver partitions.
"The partition right now it's fixed in place. Either the door is open, or the door is closed. The door has to be closed when you're operating the bus. There are other cities such as Lisbon in Portugal that have retractable screens," said TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen.
An MTA spokesman says between January and June of both 2009 and 2010, there were 150 incidents against transit workers, from verbal attacks to spitting to outright assault. During the same period in 2008, the year Thomas was murdered, there were 120 incidents.
The union said the judge sent a clear message with his verdict Thursday.
"He recognizes New York City transit bus operators perform a vital duty and when they're attacked in a vicious manner the way our brother was attacked, there are consequences," Samuelsen said.
Moore will be sentenced October 19.
He faces 25 years to life in prison.