Nola Atkins' killer convicted of criminally negligent homicide

Nola Atkins' killer convicted of criminally negligent homicide

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Nola Atkins' son and daughter-in-law reflect on Atkins' killer's verdict. Nola Atkins' son and daughter-in-law reflect on Atkins' killer's verdict.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The verdict is in for a man charged with first degree murder in the death of a Knoxville grandmother.

Nola Atkins, 72, was shot to death inside her home on Selma Avenue in 2008.

Frank Gary Cooper was charged with her murder and went on trial earlier this week.

Saturday morning, jurors found enough evidence to convict Frank Cooper with criminally negligent homicide for his role in the robbery that turned deadly.

Atkins' son and daughter-in-law say they have some closure now. They say they were satisfied with the verdict, even though Cooper was acquitted on the first degree murder charge.

Cooper admitted to investigators that, during the robbery, there were two others involved. Due to a lack of evidence, they were never brought to trial.

The family hopes that can someday happen.

"I think that they think they got away with something. I think in the long run, as long as we got god behind us, I think everything will come forward in the future," said Atkins' daughter-in-law, Joyce Martin.

Cooper's lawyer said he was impressed by the jury in the case. He says the seven-man, five-woman jury worked very hard to came to a just punishment.

Cooper is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7th.

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