Judge Sentences Rayquan Borum Following Guilty Verdict

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Rayquan Borum was found guilty Friday afternoon of Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in connection to the 2016 shooting death of 26-year-old Justin Carr.

The jury reached their verdict after a nearly two week long trial and several hours of deliberation. Following the announcement, Judge Gregory Hayes sentenced Borum to 24 to 30 years in prison.

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ORIGINAL STORY (MARCH 7, 2019):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Anticipation growing as jurors will go into their tenth hour of deliberations on Friday.

They’re trying to determine if Rayquan Borum is guilty of killing Justin Carr outside the Omni Hotel in September 2016.

The judge re-read part of his instructions after jurors came back wondering how to determine if Borum was engaged in a riot when the murder happened.

During the trial prosecutors called 18 witnesses. The defense called none.

Prosecutors want a first degree murder conviction, which would carry a sentence of life in prison. Jurors can also consider second degree murder, which carries 12 years to life. Or they can choose not guilty.

With no murder weapon found, the state is relying on a confession tape, and their key witness – a federal inmate who says he saw Borum kill Carr.

The defense tried to put reasonable doubt in juror’s minds, arguing multiple things could have killed Carr.

They told jurors police were under pressure after the Keith Scott shooting.