A prosecutor said today that Casey Turner should be found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for a shooting in Oakland three years ago that left one teenager dead and two others wounded. In his closing argument in Turner’s trial, prosecutor Butch Ford said Turner, who was only 15 years old at the time and is now 18, “opened fire” at a group of men at an apartment building at 2124 90th Ave. at about 1:45 p.m. on March 27, 2010, killing 18-year-old James Allen and injuring two others.
Oakland police said the shooting stemmed from a fight over a girl. Turner’s attorney, Darryl Billups, told the jury that Turner should be found not guilty because there’s insufficient evidence to prove that he was at the scene and was the shooter. Billups said even if jurors believe that Turner was in fact the shooter there’s evidence that he acted in self-defense because Allen and several cohorts went looking for him.
“They went to him (Turner) — he didn’t go to them,” Billups said. He said if Turner opened fire after Allen and the others confronted him “that isn’t murder.”But Ford said there’s no evidence that Allen and his cohorts planned to kill Turner and no evidence to support Billups’ contention that Turner acted in self-defense. Jurors began deliberating Turner’s fate late today and will continue their deliberations Tuesday morning.