Joshua Andrews Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Shooting of Darond Lucas

Joshua Andrews was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill, and other five related charges in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Darond Alonte Lucas.

Jurors delivered their verdict after four days of deliberations.

This was Andrews’s second trial; a previous jury was unable to reach any verdicts.

Lucas was found by police on the early hours of June 5, 2010, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including three gunshots to the head, one to the neck, and eleven other wounds across his torso.

During trial, prosecutors argued Andrews ambushed Lucas after waiting for him outside an apartment building on the 1600 block of W Street Southeast.

According to prosecutors, Andrews waited under a balcony in the dark with another man before he came out and shot Lucas “execution style.” Defense attorneys argued that evidence never proved Andrews held a gun.

Another man who was with Lucas, Phillip Smith, was also shot that night. At trial, Smith told jurors that a man matching Andrews’ description came out from under a balcony, pulled out a gun, and started firing, according to prosecutors.

The case is scheduled for sentencing at 2:15 p.m. on June 20 with Judge Rhonda Winston.

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