21-Year-Old Convicted In Restaurant Murder

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.

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