Gulfport men found guilty of capital murder


After a grueling five days of trial and two and a half hours of deliberation, two Gulfport men have been found guilty of capital murder stemming from an armed robbery in 2016.

Twenty-seven year-old J’Var Pope and 26-year-old Robert Hart were found guilty of capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of armed robbery as habitual offenders.

- Advertisement -

Police say Pope and Hart robbed three men at gunpoint then Pope shot all three with a shotgun in April 2016. Two victims survived their wounds, but the third died on scene.

Witnesses testified saying they overheard Pope and Hart planning the robbery.

Hart also had a GPS ankle monitor at the time of the murder, which was traced to the scene of the crime.

Both were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.