Rayquan Borum Found Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder
The jury has found Rayquan Borum guilty of second degree murder and possession of a firearm in connection to the 2016 shooting death of Justin Carr.
The verdict was announced Friday afternoon following a nearly two week trial.
Borum’s sentence has not yet been announced.
Original Story (March 6, 2019):
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jurors will resume deliberations Thursday in the trial of the man accused of killing a protester in Uptown. Rayquan Borum could face up to life in prison if convicted of murdering Justin Carr in 2016.
In closing arguments, assistant district attorney Desmond McCallum told jurors the evidence is clear.
“He is on video doing what he did. Shooting Justin Carr. Not a tear gas canister, not a metal rod, he shot that man in the middle of the street of Charlotte,” McCallum said.
The state tried to paint a contrast between peaceful protester Carr and Borum’s alleged actions.
“That is violence and destruction. And that’s what his purpose was that day, plain and simple. Don’t candy-coat it, don’t sugarcoat it, it’s what you saw, it’s what he did,” McCallum told the jury.
Defense attorney Mark Simmons worked to plant seeds of doubt about who killed Carr.
“What were the police really doing that night?” he asked jurors.
He argued police didn’t find a gun and that they were under pressure, one day after the Keith Scott shooting.
“Best believe that CMPD had to get this done quick, fast, and in a hurry,” Simmons said.
The defense also worked to discredit the state’s key witness, a federal inmate convicted of fraud, who testified he saw Borum shoot Carr.
“Don’t for a second think that he’s not good enough to fool everybody in this room, because he is,” Simmons said.
Prosecutors argue Borum took advantage of a chaotic situation, robbing Justin Carr of his right to protest and of his life.
“Make no mistake. Issues of racism, police brutality, these are real issues,” McCallum told the jury. “But they’re not cover and excuses for that man to get away with murder.”
The jury has three options: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or not guilty.