Jurors have found Krisroy Lloyd guilty in his road rage homicide trial.
Lloyd declined to testify.
Prosecutors and the defense said the Sept. 14, 2017 shooting happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Lloyd, his girlfriend and her two children were stopped in the roadway near the intersection of Leonard Boulevard North and Leonard Boulevard South in Lehigh Acres when 20-year-old Aden Wright came up behind them and started to beep at them.
Lloyd approached the vehicle and it frightened Wright, who pulled out his gun, said Casey Pearce, who was a passenger in Wright’s vehicle.
Pearce, Wright’s friend, was the first witness jurors heard from on Thursday. He testified about what he saw and what led to the shooting of Wright.
After Wright pulled his gun, Lloyd returned to his vehicle and armed himself.
Pearce testified he saw Lloyd holding the gun as Wright and him drove past Lloyd’s vehicle.
“I was scared to die,” Pearce said. “I noticed we were way past the vehicle and I thought we were good and then I heard the pop. When he got shot, he went limp and his foot was still on the accelerator.”
“It was almost as if he was trying to grasp for air but couldn’t,” Pearce added.
While Lloyd did not testify, prosecutors played a recorded statement by Lloyd when he was interviewed by detectives.
Lloyd told detectives he went to get his girlfriend’s gun but she wouldn’t give it to him to the tousled over it.
But he denies shooting it or even knowing someone on scene was killed, according to the recording.
“I don’t remember anyone getting killed that day,” Lloyd said. “If I had something to do with it, I wouldn’t mind getting punished for it. But … I’d be a real fool to try to shoot a man from the back who’s trying to get away from me.”
“If you and I was beefing and you tried to turn around and walk away that’s cold-blooded murder, but with accidents that’s different,” Lloyd added.
On Wednesday, after opening statements, jurors heard from numerous people who were driving near the shooting at the time.
Deputies and crime scene technicians testified Wright had not fired his gun because the chamber was full.
Wright’s family has been in the front row for every day of the trial.
At times, details of what happened have been difficult for Wright’s mother to listen to, forcing her to leave the courtroom.
The jury is comprised of six jurors and two alternates. Lloyd, a convicted felon, could face life in prison. He is being held without bond until his sentencing on December 6.