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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Conviction in killing of unarmed man

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

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.


By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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Comments

Well I guess Mr. Bunn would have liked to have just had the fistfight now, than look at 40 years behind bars. He'll have plenty of fistfight where he is going. See you in 40 years Mr. Bunn.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what is going thru the mind of these young thundercats when stupid crap like this happens. Bunn was to P-U-S-S-Y to fight the other man, so he shoots him. I pray Bunn gets raped and pummeled in prison for the rest of his days.

Posted by: BigScoop | December 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. He was convicting of carrying a pistol without a license? You mean In 2009 you could get a license to carry a gun around...in Washington DC? Huh? How? I thought you couldn't get a license to keep a gun in your house, disassembled, and unloaded.

Posted by: wjc1va | December 1, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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