Man convicted of co-workers murder

In less than 28 minutes, a jury found Israel Cid guilty of the murder of a former co-worker, Thomas Duane Banks of Tuscaloosa. The jury convicted Cid of the murder in a Bibb County courtroom Tuesday morning.

Cid was charged with Banks' murder for shooting him at the construction site of the Bibb County Board of Education building in October 2010. Cid and Banks were both working as electricians at the site in Centreville.

Cid was fired from his job for allegedly stealing copper and got into a dispute with Banks about the copper theft. According to witness testimony, Cid took a .38 caliber pistol from his gun and shot Banks once in the head, killing him. He stayed at the site of the shooting until Bibb County sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest him.

Although Cid entered a not guilty plea by reason of mental defect, he gave authorities a full confession to the crime on tape.

Judge Jack Meigs presided over the case and Jim Ransom with the Bibb County District Attorney's case prosecuted it.

"I'm very happy for the family of Mr. Banks that we were able to get a conviction in this case, and do so in such a timely manner.  Everyone involved in the apprehension of Cid, and in the investigation of the shooting did a great job," Ransom said.

Cid, a resident of Shelby County, remains in the Bibb County jail and will be sentenced for his crime later this year.

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