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Former employee guilty in Putt-Putt slaying

FORT WORTH -- A former Hurst Putt-Putt employee accused of killing an assistant manager at the business in 2006 was convicted Wednesday of capital murder.

Paul Storey, 23, of Fort Worth, was found guilty of shooting Jonas Cherry, 28, during an Oct. 16, 2006, robbery at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Hurst.

Prosecutors will now seek the death penalty against Storey in the punishment phase of the trial in Criminal District Court No. 3.

His alleged accomplice, Mark Porter, 22, is also charged with capital murder; his trial is scheduled in a few weeks. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

What happened: Cherry arrived for work at Putt-Putt and answered a buzzer at a back door.

Two robbers rushed in, grabbed Cherry and forced him to an area known as the clubhouse.

The robbers removed surveillance tapes from cameras in an office at the clubhouse, then forced Cherry to open a safe and fill a bag with cash.

As he was kneeling and pleading for his life, Cherry was shot. He was shot twice in the head and twice in the legs, according to testimony in the trial.

The robbers then fled.

Body found: Former Putt-Putt employee Tim Flow testified that he found Cherry's body on the floor with blood everywhere.

"At first because it was close to Halloween, I thought it was a bad joke," Flow said during his testimony last week. "It didn't look real. I called his name out two to three times, but he never responded."

After the holdup: The robbers missed taking one of the surveillance tapes, and that one was released to the news media. Images from video surveillance showed a maroon two-door Ford Explorer leaving the Putt-Putt.

A tipster told investigators that the vehicle belonged to Storey, a former Putt-Putt employee.

Storey first told police that he and a passenger had trouble with his truck and stopped to get help but fled when they heard gunshots, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

But he later changed his story, telling investigators that they had gone to the business to rob it, according to the affidavit.