Man was jealous because his girlfriend maintained contact with her ex-boyfriend, so he pulled his truck up next to his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend and shot him 15 times before claiming the shooting was an act of self-defense; arrested

According to court records, a man, later identified as David, has been found guilty in a case that involved a drive-by shooting fueled by jealousy over his girlfriend’s ongoing communication with her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Adam. Convicted earlier this month, David now faces significant prison time for his actions.

The incident, which occurred on September 18, 2022, resulted in the tragic death of Adam, who was approaching the home of David’ girlfriend in a minivan. David, overtaken by jealousy, executed a drive-by shooting, discharging his weapon 15 times and hitting Adam with each bullet. The victim succumbed to his injuries within minutes, marking a violent end to what prosecutors described as a deadly outburst driven by unfounded suspicions.

David, previously convicted in 2008 of manslaughter, was found guilty of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His defense claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense; however, this assertion was undermined by the fact that no weapon was found on or near Adam, indicating he was unarmed at the time of the attack.

Following the shooting, David attempted to evade law enforcement by disposing of his gun, driving to a remote area, and taking measures to conceal his whereabouts. These efforts included covering his truck with a tarp and performing a factory reset on his phone. David spent the night hidden in blackberry bushes until a deputy located and apprehended him the following day.

Investigators were able to recover the murder weapon, further implicating David in the crime. The DA’s Office has expressed gratitude towards multiple law enforcement agencies that contributed to the resolution of this case. David’ sentencing is set for April 24, when he will learn the full extent of his punishment for the irreversible harm caused by his actions. Until then, he will remain in custody.

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