The family of retired police Captain David Dorn is finally experiencing justice, as a 26-year-old St. Louis man, Stephan Cannon, has been found guilty of a series of felonies, including Dorn’s murder.
A Missouri jury found Cannon guilty of 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. They spent just three hours deliberating.
The prosecutors’ case was bolstered by witness testimony, stolen televisions in an apartment where Cannon had stayed, and Cannon’s presence in the area of Dorn’s murder. The jury was reportedly also shown the infamous Facebook Live stream that broadcasted Dorn’s tragic final moments.
Cannon’s sentencing is set for September 13. He will face life in prison without parole.
"Justice has been served," his family told reporters outside the courthouse.
Dorn, who had served in the St. Louis police department for 38 years, was gunned down while defending a friend’s pawn shop during a period of mass rioting and looting in St. Louis, Mo. in June 2020.
The St. Louis riots were a part of a wave of “Black Lives Matter” protests that took place in the summer of 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Dorn’s widow, Ann Dorn, famously spoke at the Republican National Convention later that year in support of then-President Donald Trump, telling viewers that “my hope is that having you relive [Dorn’s death] with me now will help shake this country from the nightmare we are witnessing in our cities and bring about positive, peaceful change."
Dorn was remembered by fellow officers as a selfless officer and public servant.
“To know David Dorn was to know what real help looked like, helping a neighbor, helping a friend, or helping a younger officer on the force,” Ethical Society of Police President Sgt. Donnell Walters said, “When you are helping somebody, you are truly doing Capt. Dorn justice.”
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