Conviction in killing of unarmed man
Curtis Bunn, 24, was out looking to buy marijuana in January 2009 when he found a house in Southeast Washington where he thought he could score some.
When he tried to push his way into the home in the 3500 block of 7th Street SE, one of the men in the house, Darren Byas, stopped Bunn and challenged him to a fistfight. Bunn then fatally shot Byas, who was unarmed, authorities said.
On Tuesday, Bunn was convicted by a D.C. Superior Court jury of second-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and carrying a pistol without a license, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Tuesday.
According to authorities, Bunn shot Byas once in the back of the head and continued to fire as Byas went limp.
Ricochets from the bullets struck a bystander as well as the vehicle in which two eyewitnesses were sitting at the time, authorities said.
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the stated time of Byas's death, which took place on Jan. 9, 2009.
| December 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
Categories: Allison Klein, Homicide, The District
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