David Dorn, a veteran St. Louis police captain, was killed during the race riots that swept the nation in the summer of 2020. On Wednesday, a jury convicted his murderer.
The jury took just more than three hours to come back with guilty verdicts against Stephan Cannon for first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action, “The Daily Wire” reported.
“I’m very glad that justice was served for Capt. Dorn,” said Paul Mauro, an attorney and former NYPD inspector who has been closely following the case. “But make no mistake — the conditions that allowed his killing should never have occurred.
Dorn was responding to a burglar alarm at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, a store owned by his friend, when he confronted a pack of looters. Cannon, who was among them, shot Dorn dead on the sidewalk outside the shop. The aftermath of the shooting was filmed and briefly shared to Facebook Live. Prosecutors played it in court.
Prosecutors proved Cannon was the gunman, showing that only he was standing on the nearby corner from which the shots were fired. Police later recovered a handgun, televisions from the pawnshop and pieces of Cannon’s dreadlocks from an apartment where he was staying.
Dorn’s widow, Ann Dorn, recounted the night of her husband’s death during a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention. “As I slept, looters were ransacking the shop,” she said. “They shot and killed David in cold blood, and then livestreamed his execution and his last moments on earth David’s grandson was watching the video on Facebook in real-time, not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk.”
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this day, it’s been over two years. the prosecution worked extremely hard, they gave a really good fight. It was just undoubtable that he was guilty. So we look forward to moving on and our dad resting in peace.” David Dorn’s daughter, Lisa Dorn, said after the verdicts were announced.
Dorn served 38 years in St. Louis’ Metropolitan Police Department and six more as police chief in Moline Acres. Last year, Dorn received the Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honor Award, an accolade given only to a handful of people each year, for his performance of an extraordinary act of courage and sacrifice on the night he was killed. Cannon, who will be sentenced on September 13, faces life in prison without parole.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice