A person who shot and killed one other man throughout a seemingly random encounter in Lincoln Park was sentenced Friday to twenty-eight years to life in state jail.
Davione Antoine Whitaker, 36, was convicted by a jury of second-degree homicide for the April 2, 2021, slaying of 44- year-old Bobby Brown.
Brown was discovered shot simply south of the forty seventh Avenue trolley station at about 7 p.m., in accordance with San Diego Police. Paramedics pronounced him lifeless on the scene.
Police mentioned witnesses pointed responding officers to a person presumably concerned within the capturing who was hiding within the yard of a house on close by Hartley Avenue. Officers arrested Whitaker there.
Whitaker and Brown had been strangers to at least one one other.
Based on trial testimony, a closely intoxicated Whitaker was using the trolley to numerous areas all through San Diego whereas carrying an unserialized “ghost gun.”
Sooner or later, he ended up within the Lincoln Park neighborhood and approached Brown, who was outdoors an condominium constructing engaged on his automotive.
What occurred throughout their encounter instantly earlier than the capturing was a degree of dispute.
In arguing for both a retrial or a discount of Whitaker’s conviction to voluntary manslaughter, protection lawyer Matt Ferrara argued Brown lunged at his consumer and Whitaker shot him in self-defense.
However San Diego Superior Court docket Decide Aaron Katz disagreed, saying that he didn’t consider there was any proof throughout the trial to assist that Brown would assault a random individual.
Katz mentioned, “I didn’t see something that will trigger Mr. Brown to lunge at someone for no obvious motive.”
Brown’s sister, Denise Betts, was one among a number of members of the family who spoke throughout the listening to and mentioned her brother was a grandfather, father and uncle to greater than 25 nieces and nephews.
“He was cherished by so many,” she mentioned. “He didn’t deserve for any of this to occur.”
Whitaker, who apologized by way of tears each to Brown’s household and his personal, mentioned throughout the listening to, “I now notice what I’ve accomplished and I take accountability for my actions.”
Whitaker was sentenced Friday to fifteen years to life on the homicide depend, plus 10 years for utilizing a gun within the killing and three years on an unrelated cost of possessing a weapon in county jail.
–Metropolis Information Service