A Hennepin County jury found Chris Scott guilty of second-degree intentional murder, County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.
Scott, aka Marcell Scott, 40, of Minneapolis was convicted in the shooting death of Travis Tyler Washington, 30, last June. Scott was also found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.
In the two-week trial, Scott’s attorneys claimed he was not the shooter. But the jury did not believe it, said Freeman. They deliberated for three hours.
According to the criminal complaint, police officers responded to a report of gunshots at a residence June 16 on 35th Street & Knox Avenue North in Minneapolis. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who said they heard gunshots inside a house and saw two men leave out the front door.
While speaking with these witnesses, officers heard a woman screaming. She ran outside with a baby in her arms and said her boyfriend had been shot, the complaint said. She said she had arrived home and found Washington lying in a pool of blood.
Officers entered the residence and observed Washington on the dining room floor with 10 bullet wounds in his back, side, legs, and one to his face. Several fingerprints from the scene matched Scott’s.
During the trial, a witness testified that Scott pull a gun from his waistband and shoot Washington. City surveillance cameras, phone records, and other witness testimony corroborated the testimony.
Washington’s family wept as the guilty verdict was read. Scott will be sentenced July 10.