By BRAD KELLAR
The punishment phase begins today in the trial of Tyrone Leorone McCurdy, after he was found guilty of one count of murder in connection with the death of Treybbian Leeky Nelson.
The jury in the 196th District Court deliberated for almost five hours before returning with the guilty verdict Friday afternoon.
McCurdy, of Greenville, is facing a maximum sentence of between five and 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000. McCurdy had pleaded not guilty.
Bernard Dale Kelly Jr., also of Greenville, currently has trial scheduled in December and has also pleaded not guilty.
Officers with the Greenville Police Department responded to a call of shots fired in the 1000 block of Edgar Street on the afternoon of February 8, 2011 where they found Nelson had been shot.
McCurdy, Kelly and an unnamed juvenile were alleged to have “knowingly and intentionally” caused Nelson’s death by shooting him with a firearm; or in the alternative, to have caused Nelson’s death by shooting him or in his direction while having the intent to commit aggravated assault.
McCurdy’s attorney has argued McCurdy acted in self-defense, claiming Nelson had a weapon which was removed from the crime scene before officers arrived.