A Barberton man wasn't justified when he shot and killed an Akron teen last May after they quarreled, Summit County jurors decided Monday.
Jurors found D'Lawrence Scott guilty of murder and other charges related to the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jerry Davis III, his girlfriend's brother.
Scott, 20, showed no reaction when he heard the jury's verdicts Tuesday afternoon. Davis' mother nodded her head in approval, while one of Scott's family members wept.
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O'Brien will sentence Scott on Feb. 17. He faces life in prison, with the only question being how soon he'll be eligible for parole.
Scott, who claimed self-defense, will likely appeal.
"We love you, man," one of Scott's family members said as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Argument becomes physical, then turns deadly
The shooting happened on May 26 at a home in the 1000 block of Biruta Street in Akron's Sherbondy Hill neighborhood where Davis lived with his sister, Diamond Davis, grandmother and two younger relatives.
Prosecutors said Scott got into an argument with Diamond that turned physical and her brother came to her defense. They said Scott fired several shots at Jerry, with one striking him in the chest.
"At the conclusion of this case, we will be asking you to find the defendant guilty of the indictment," Assistant Prosecutor Emily Hall said in her opening statement.
Murder trial:'This is a case of self-defense,' attorney says in Barberton man's murder trial
Kerry O'Brien, who represented Scott, said Jerry had a gun to his client's head.
"He fires first," O'Brien said. "This is a case of self-defense."
Jurors deliberate for 3½ hours
The trial concluded Monday with closing arguments. Jurors began deliberating about 1 p.m. and announced they had a verdict about 4:30 p.m.
Jurors found Scott guilty of murder that means purposely causing a person's death and murder that involves causing a death as the result of a felony, which in this case involved felonious assault. They also found him guilty of felonious assault and discharging a firearm at or into a habitation.
The charges included gun specifications that carry with them additional prison time.
Jurors found Scott not guilty of assault involving his girlfriend.
Kerry O'Brien declined to comment until the sentencing.
Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-996-3705 and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Barberton man convicted of murder for Akron teen's shooting