Jasjeet Signh guilty in fatal shooting
Signh insists he shot Brian Odipo in self-defense
After deliberating for just over two hours, a jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of Jasjeet Signh.
Signh, 19, shot and killed his fellow classmate Brian Odipo on Oct. 15, 2010, prosecutors said.
The two -- students at Stevens High School -- were on their lunch break and had gone to Singh’s home to examine a gun Odipo was going to buy from Singh.
Testifying in his own defense on Tuesday, Singh said he fired in self-defense after Odipo pointed the gun at him in a threatening manner.
“I see him on the floor and, I don’t know, I got scared and I shot again,” Signh testified.
The fact that he fired twice, prosecutors noted, suggested that it was murder and not self-defense.
The jury now must decide Signh’s punishment.
The maximum punishment for murder is life in prison.
Testimony in the punishment phase of the trial resumes on Thursday in Judge Melisa Skinner’s 290th District Court.
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