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Man convicted in Md. cabbie murder

A Prince George's County jury on Thursday convicted a Hyattsville man of murdering a cab driver and driving off in the victim's cab.

The jury convicted Christian Ellsworth Brooks, 27, of first-degree felony murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, armed carjacking and carjacking.

Brooks. (Pr. George's State's Attorney)

Brooks was convicted of the Oct. 15, 2008, murder of Tekola Bekele, 53.

"Mr. Bekele was brutally and senselessly murdered in the prime of his life," State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said. "I am pleased the jury found this defendant guilty of murder."

According to prosecutors, Bekele was driving his cab when he was flagged down by Brooks, who directed hiim to a quiet residential street in Landover near FedEx Field.

Once they reached the street, Brooks shot Bekele in the back of the head, pulled Bekele's body out of the cab, and drove away, prosecutors said.

The next day, Prince George's County police Officer Patrick Marron saw a cab matching the description of Bekele's vehicle and tried to stop the driver.

The driver -- Brooks -- led a high-speed chase which ended in Suitland, prosecutors said.
Brooks fled the car and brieflly broke into the home of a woman, who called 911. Officers quickly responded and found Brooks in a nearby wooded area.

Brooks is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison plus 80 years, prosecutors said.

-- Ruben Castaneda

By Ruben Castaneda  |  July 2, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  | Tags: Prince George's prosecutors, carjacking, first-degree felony murder  
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Ok so he kills a cabdriver and now will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars with a bunch of men. Why not just hang yourself young dummy and save the tax payers the money to houses your crazy a**.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

And some people whine because cab drivers are afraid to pick up certain people.

Posted by: checkered1 | July 3, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Bye Bye. You're the reason I can't successfully hail a cab now.

Posted by: DCnative1983 | July 3, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson...where is the outrage over this senseless killing? That's right...its only an outrage when a caucasian kills an African American.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

This guy is 50 cents short of a dollar.He kills a cabbie,but keeps driving the cab the next day. I dont think he is really with it,and they let guys like this carry a gun,sh2t I'm glad I'm not in America where they anyone can get a gun.

Posted by: captgrumpy | July 5, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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