RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of involvement in a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl dead and an 11-year-old boy wounded during a Memorial Day weekend cookout in a Virginia park.
A Richmond judge found Quinshawn Betts guilty of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and firearm charges in the death of Markiya Dickson and wounding of Jaquez Evans-Moses.
Markiya was fatally struck, and Jaquez suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and chest, while attending an annual community gathering at a south Richmond park in May 2019, news outlets reported. At least 23 shots were fired across the park during the event that drew hundreds, including children playing on inflatables and taking rides on ponies, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Betts, his older brother, Jermaine Rokee Davis, and a third co-defendent, Jesus Turner, were all accused of firing in the direction of the children as a fourth shooter fired at them, prosecutors alleged. It's unclear who fired the fatal shot, news outlets reported.
Betts’ attorney maintained he was defending himself and his brother after a gunman opened fire on them first, according to testimony from the trial.
Betts could face more than 40 years in prison at an August sentencing. Davis' trial was set for this month, and Turner’s for April, the newspaper said.