Crime & Courts

April 14, 2014

Final of five defendants in 2011 murder pleads guilty

The last of five defendants charged with taking part in a 2011 deadly robbery in Oaklawn has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

The last of five defendants charged with taking part in a 2011 deadly robbery in Oaklawn has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

Francis Dupree, 26, who was scheduled to stand trial this week for first-degree murder, will be sentenced May 29 by District Judge Christopher Magana.

All five suspects have been convicted of first- or second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said the men forced their way into a home at 3002 E. Locust on Dec. 14, 2011, and shot Markez Phillips, 19, who was visiting his girlfriend. The men left with three big-screen TVs after finding no money.

Nicholas Dupree, 30, Reginald Dupree, 21, and Malek Brown, 23, all were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Daniel Dupree, 24, was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Brown fired the shots that killed Phillips.

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