1 man convicted, another cleared in shooting of bystander during gang dispute
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — One man has been convicted and another acquitted of murder in the 2014 killing of a father of four struck by a stray bullet during a gang dispute in Lawrence.
Prosecutors say Joshua Chevez, 25, of Methuen, was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder, while co-defendant, Juan Castillo, 21 of Lawrence, was cleared of murder but convicted of witness intimidation for threatening to kill a witness.
Prosecutors say in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2014, Chevez went looking for revenge against a man he thought had shot his friend. He fired into a crowd at a party, striking Mark Trussell, 35, in the back of the head. He died at the hospital days later.
Authorities say Castillo acted as Chevez's lookout.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 18.