JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 21-year-old man accused in the shooting death of a fellow employee at a Regency-area restaurant last year was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.
A jury took only 30 minutes to return a verdict on Kyle Bass. He was charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old DaShane Harris on June 16, 2006 at La Salsa restaurant.
Harris was shot in the back of the head after the restaurant closed.
Bass claimed the shooting was accidental and no motive was established for the shooting, but prosecutors presented physical evidence that Bass fired on purpose in what they called a "senseless killing."
La Salsa closed after the shooting and only briefly reopened. Owner Eric Farr said customers were kept away by bad publicity and the restaurant closed for good about six weeks later.
This was the second trial on the murder charge.
An August trial was halted when Bass' mother mentioned during testimony that her son was a convicted felon. A mistrial was declared and the trial rescheduled with a new jury.
Bass will be sentenced later this month.
- August 22, 2007: Unexpected Statement Leads To Murder Case Mistrial
- August 3, 2006: Restaurant Where Teen Was Fatally Shot Closes
- June 24, 2006: Restaurant Where Teen Was Fatally Shot Reopens
- June 16, 2006: Homicide Unit Investigates Shooting Death Of Teen At Restaurant
- June 16, 2006: Teen Dies After Being Shot In Head At Restaurant
Copyright 2011 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.