A jury deliberated about two hours Thursday before finding a former Star Spencer High School football player guilty of second-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of a teenager.
Jurors recommended 14 years in prison as punishment for Darrin Paul Burton Jr., 21, of Midwest City, who faced a first-degree murder charge in the June 14, 2011, death of Khaelin Irving.
Prosecutors said Irving was riding in a car with three other people, including his brother, when a gold car began following them near NE 23 and Douglas Boulevard.
Burton, a passenger in the gold car, took the stand Thursday and told jurors he fired a single shot in self-defense when someone in the victim's car pointed a chrome revolver in his direction near the intersection of Shadywood Drive and NE 10.
“It looked like a .38 (caliber),” Burton testified. “I couldn't tell who had the gun.”
Prosecutors said a prior dispute between rival gang members fueled a confrontation at a traffic signal that led to Irving's death
Three passengers in the victim's car testified Tuesday that no one in their car had a gun.
“We believed from day one that the people in the other car had a firearm,” defense attorney Malcolm Savage said. “I guess the jury didn't believe that.”