A Sedgwick County jury deliberated about two hours Thursday before convicting a Wichita man of premeditated first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the March 31, 2013, shooting death of former South High football player Jordan Turner.
Kristofer JaQuinton Wright, 21, will face a minimum sentence of life without parole for 25 years at his sentencing, which has not been scheduled.
During the 1 1/2-week trial, prosecutors said Wright shot Turner to death in a field near Pawnee and 127th Street East because Turner had cheated a woman out of $300 in a marijuana deal.
Testimony at the trial was delayed for several days after Wright was injured in a jailhouse fight on Feb. 4. The trial resumed Monday despite the fact that Wright still have visible face injuries. He did not testify.
Turner’s body was found on the morning of May 1, and a Crime Stoppers tip that night led to the arrest of four suspects. Three of the four were charged with Turner’s murder, while the fourth, Emma Spencer, has testified against the other three.
Spencer told the jury in Wright’s trial that in the hours before the shooting, Turner and another defendant, Ebony Nguyen, began arguing after Nguyen accused Turner of ripping her off in a drug deal.
Spencer said another defendant, Eric Jackson, had a brief physical confrontation with Jordan after the group of young adults stopped on a desolate stretch of 127th East. She said Wright then shot Turner twice, chased him into a field and shot him two more times. Jackson also testified, telling the jury that it was Nguyen’s idea to kill Turner.
Wright’s lawyer argued that the shooting, while intentional, was not premeditated.
Nguyen is scheduled to stand trial next week on the same charges. Jackson is scheduled to stand trial March 10, but he said during his testimony that he was hoping to reach a plea-agreement with prosecutors. The agreement, which would call for him to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge, would still result in a sentence of more than 12 years in prison.