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Aaron Brady (29) found guilty of involvement in robbery but jury continues deliberations over garda murder charge

Aaron Brady (29) from New Road, Crossmaglen was found guilty of robbing approximately €7,000 in cash and cheques

A Co Armagh man has been found guilty of involvement in a robbery that led to a Garda officer's death.

Aaron Brady (29), from New Road, Crossmaglen, was convicted of robbing around €7,000 in cash and cheques outside Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth seven years ago.

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead during the incident.

A jury of five men and seven women will continue their deliberations today on a charge of capital murder which Brady has denied.

While the guilty verdict for the robbery charge was unanimous, a judge told the jurors they could reach a majority verdict on the capital murder charge.

The jury can reach one of four verdicts: guilty of capital murder; murder; manslaughter; or an acquittal.

For Brady to be convicted of capital murder, the jury must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he was both the shooter and that he knew he was shooting a garda who was acting in the course of his duty.

Brady had denied involvement in the robbery in Bellurgan, Co Louth on January 25 2013.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the capital murder of Det Garda Donohoe.

During the trial, the jury was told that four men jumped over a wall surrounding the credit union car park as employees were preparing to leave with the day's takings from several rural credit unions.

The prosecution has alleged that Brady was the gunman.

The court heard he fired a single shot that fatally wounded the detective

The defence has raised manslaughter as a possible verdict on the grounds that the shooter on the night may have been attempting to fire a warning shot.

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