Man found guilty of 2012 Akron murder, sentenced to life in prison

AKRON, Ohio - A man accused in a 2012 shooting in Akron has been found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Friday that a jury found Larrence Major Clay, 22, of Akron, guilty of murder.

In February, jurors found Clay guilty of Having Weapons Under Disability, a felony of the third degree, and not guilty of Aggravated Murder. They had been hung on the murder charge.

On July 19, 2012, 24-year-old Derek Edwards was walking with three friends on a sidewalk at the Park Lane Apartments. Edwards was walking near the intersection of Clifford Avenue and Hammel Street when he was shot and killed on the 700 block of Clifford by Clay.

Akron police said they quickly tracked down Clay, who was found washing himself with bleach and witnesses were able to put Clay at the scene of the murder.

Judge Alison McCarty sentenced Clay, who will be eligible for parole in 2031.

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