FAIRFIELD — A jury was selected and heard opening statements Thursday in the third murder trial of a Fairfield man accused of shooting and killing a drug dealer in 2008 during a botched robbery attempt.
Prosecutor Karen Jensen told jurors she expected witnesses would describe the accused, Deshaun P. Malone, telling Kendrick Lewis, “Give me everything you got” and “Don’t drive away or I’ll shoot you.”
Lewis was sitting in his stopped car on Mockingbird Lane, selling $200 of Ecstasy tablets to Malone and Jamal Kelly, who were standing alongside the car on the night of Nov. 2, 2008. During the deal, Malone pulled a gun. Lewis started to drive off, a shot was fired and Lewis was shot in the back and died moments later.
Jensen ended her opening statement by telling jurors that another witness would describe seeing the two men standing next to the car quickly leave after the shot was fired and that they were laughing.
Malone’s defense attorney, Leslie Prince, told jurors that friends of Lewis who were in the car at the time of the shooting would take the witness stand and lie. Prince said Malone acted in self-defense.
Malone told a previous jury in 2010 that he acted in self-defense because he thought he saw a gun in the car and his gun was bumped by the car as it started to drive off. That jury rejected Malone’s claim and he was found guilty. The Court of Appeal later reversed that verdict.
A second jury trial was aborted last week after Jensen mentioned the first jury’s guilty verdict.
Jensen is set to begin presenting her case against Malone when the trial resumes Wednesday.
Kelly is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for his role in the killing. His conviction and sentence were not reversed by the Court of Appeal.
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This version corrects the location where the fatal shooting occurred.