Jurors have found 19-year-old Husaun Stinnie guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony.
An all-white jury of eight women and five men in Charlottesville Circuit Court returned the verdict a little before 3 p.m. Friday, July 5. They had gone into deliberations around 11:20 a.m., the third day of the trial.
Jurors are recommending Stinnie serve a total of eight years: five years for the murder, and three years on the firearm charge. The maximum sentence in Virginia for second-degree murder is 40 years.
The charges stem from the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Shawn Evan "Lucky" Davis on September 11, 2017. The commonwealth said the two men got into a confrontation in a parking lot on South First Street. The defendant accused Davis, who was dating Stinnie's sister, of beating her.
Stinnie fired a small-caliber revolver five times, striking the Brooklyn-area man in the left arm and left side of the chest. Davis was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead. He was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Authorities said Stinnie fled the scene before police arrived, and appeared he tried to get rid of the gun. Investigators later found the weapon near the train tracks along Preston Avenue.
Stinnie was taken into custody without incident by the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office roughly two weeks after the shooting.
"The commonwealth and the police all felt that this was a case, at its core, of senseless violence that occurred for absolutely no reason," said Deputy Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Areshini Pather.
Attorney Buddy Weber had argued that Stinnie acted in self-defense. Stinnie had previously told authorities that he was protecting his sister.
"Mr. Davis was killed. Big loss to his family, and my client was 18 when this whole thing happened. He had a troubled childhood. No history of violence. So yeah, it's a tragedy of all sides," said the defense attorney following the jury's verdict.
Weber had asked the jury to consider convicting Stinnie on a lesser charge of manslaughter. He said he is unsure if the case will be appealed.
Stinnie is expected to be sentenced on October 12.
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