FAIRFIELD — Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder trial for a man who shot and killed a 17-year-old drug dealer, Kendrick Lewis, during a botched 2008 drug robbery on Mockingbird Lane.
During a 2010 trial, Deshaun P. Malone said the shooting was an accident.
Jurors did not believe him and found him guilty of first-degree murder. The verdict was thrown out in 2011 by the Court of Appeal, which said Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt should have given jurors the chance to find Malone guilty of manslaughter instead of murder.
During his new second trial, prosecutors plan to call Malone’s accomplice, Jamal Kelly, as a witness. Kelly is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence. His conviction and sentence were not reversed by the Court of Appeal.
Malone and Kelly decided to rob Lewis, who they agreed to meet to buy $200 of Ecstasy tablets. Lewis sat in his car while Malone, then 19, stood outside the car. Midway through the drug deal, Malone pulled a gun and aimed it at Lewis. When Lewis started to drive off, the gun went off and Lewis, who was shot in the back, died a short time later.
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