Rayquan Borum Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

CHARLOTTE, NC. — A guilty verdict in the trial for the man charged with killing a protester in Uptown in 2016. A jury convicted Rayquan Borum of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Moments after a guilty verdict, Vivian Carr faced her son’s killer and told the court how proud she is of her son: Justin Carr.

“My son was down there for a cause, taking a stand for something, he strongly believed in, and he was murdered,” says Vivian Carr.

Rayquan Borum was taken away in handcuffs. The jury deliberated for about 15 hours over three days. Jurors found 24-year-old Borum guilty of second degree murder. The jury also found him guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the night he shot Carr in the head. Carr died outside the Omni Hotel during protests September 2016. The judge asked Borum if he’d like to make a statement before his sentencing, he didn’t.

Borum will spend 276 to 344 months in prison for the murder conviction and 14 to 26 months for the firearm conviction. He has 896 days credit for time already served.

Borum’s attorneys say he was painted as a villain.

“There’s a lot of things that happened during the trial that kind of affected his right of due process,” says Defense attorney Darlene Harris.

Prosecutors called 18 witnesses – the defense called none. No murder weapon was found. The defense argued CMPD was under pressure to make an arrest. The state relied on a confession tape: and their key witness – a federal inmate who says he saw Borum kill Carr.

Outside the courthouse Friday, the prosecution had this message:

“It is important to remember the name of Justin Carr, because he was the victim in this. Today, justice was done on behalf of Justin and on behalf of his family,” says Assistant District Attorney Desmond McCallum.