Deante Payne was convicted of two counts of robbery and the use of a firearm during a felony..
Deante Payne was convicted of two counts of robbery and the use of a firearm during a felony. His conviction was based solely on the testimony of the victim, who was accosted in an apartment laundry room by two men after arranging to buy a laptop computer. One man held a gun, the other held a knife to the victim’s side. Payne was charged by prosecutors as having the gun, but he denied being involved in the crime and suggested that a third person might be involved. (Police interviewed the third person, and one detective mentioned in an e-mail that this individual looked like Payne, but the e-mail was not allowed into evidence.)