Man found guilty in murder for former NDSU football player Reggie Scott
FARGO -- The second trial in the murder of former North Dakota State star running back Reggie Scott ended with a guilty verdict, a day that helped bring closure to his family.
Scott was gunned down in 2008 in a parking lot in Orlando, Fla. A jury found 21-year-old Thomas Harris of Orlando guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
"It was really tough," said Kristina Thompson, Scott's sister. "That family didn't have any remorse - no remorse at all."
Scott was the first NDSU freshman running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in 1995. He was working construction in Orlando at the time of his death.
Thompson said robbery was the motive.
"They tried to rob my brother for some money," she said. "He refused to give it to them. They started fighting with him and once they saw they couldn't beat him, they pulled out a gun. He ran and that's when they shot him."
A second suspect was also involved in the incident. But Cedric Garrett, who was 18 years old at the time, was killed in a shooting three weeks after Scott's death in the same apartment complex where Scott was killed.
Thompson said four additional witnesses came forward in the second trial. The first one ended in a hung jury.
"I really don't know how to get over it," she said. "He was my best friend."