A Davidson County jury Monday morning convicted Sudanese native Gai D. Kuot, 36, of murdering a fellow Sudanese man in West Nashville in April 2010.
The jury deliberated less than three hours before convicting Kuot of first degree premeditated murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the shooting death of his 33-year-old roommate Malith Wiek, according to district attorney spokeswoman Susan Niland.
Testimony revealed Kuot had been writing checks to himself from the victim’s checking account and cashing them. On the day of the murder, Kuot called Wiek and said he needed a ride, asking Wiek to come pick him up.
Wiek’s body was found shortly after that, next to a fence at the corner of 42nd Avenue North and Indiana Avenue. He had been shot to death and his wallet has been stolen. His car was found later that afternoon in an East Nashville alley.
Malith Wiek was one of the Sudanese refugees known as the "Lost Boys of Sudan" who escaped their home country in the midst of a civil war there. He had been working as a custodian at Montgomery Bell Academy for six years at the time of his death.
Kuot’s first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. Kuot is scheduled to be sentenced on the especially aggravated robbery charge on July 27.