Robert E. Lee, Counsel of RecordDaryl Renard Atkins, along with 26-year-old William Jones, was accused of abducting Eric Nesbitt outside a 7-11 store on August 17, 1996. They then robbed him, took him to a field, and shot him eight times with a semiautomatic handgun. Prior to trial, Jones accepted a plea bargain, whereby he avoided the death penalty by identifying Atkins as the shooter. Atkins stood trial and was convicted of capital murder in February 1998. During sentencing, Atkins was allowed to present potentially mitigating evidence for the jury to consider when deciding whether to impose the death penalty….