MARTINEZ — Soon after deliberating for two times, a Contra Costa jury convicted an Antioch gentleman of murdering a Pittsburg male in an ambush, but the motive driving the criminal offense could continue to be a mystery.
Darrin “Mississippi” Lynch, 54, was convicted of murdering 47-calendar year-previous Andrew McCoy, of Pittsburg, in the May well 2019 capturing. McCoy was also convicted of illegal gun possession and enhancements for lying in hold out, generating him suitable for a sentence of everyday living without parole.
For the duration of demo, prosecutors explained that Lynch and McCoy argued at the Pittsburg marina practically a month just before the murder, but could not entirely describe why Lynch held a grudge towards the sufferer. They explained Lynch’s function as the shooter was set up by GPS mobile phone information, eyewitness testimony, and McCoy’s have dying terms, telling first responders that his killer was a male with a gray goatee.
The protection argued that police compiled shoddy, puzzling evidence and just made the decision Lynch was the killer in advance of they experienced any genuine evidence.
Lynch’s sentencing date has not been set.
McCoy was shot and killed in May well 2019, on Shorline Push in Pittsburg. Police say Lynch hid in some bushes, waiting around for McCoy to arrive, then termed out “Hey bro,” and opened fire when he noticed him. McCoy was struck in the back again and ran to a relative’s dwelling. He was declared useless at a Walnut Creek clinic a couple of several hours later on.
During trial, deputy district legal professional Jennifer Tompkins named the murder a “cowardly act” but explained it may possibly by no means totally be defined.
“Who appreciates why the defendant imagined he experienced the ideal to consider Mr. McCoy’s life,” Tompkins explained in the course of closing arguments Monday. “Who is aware of why? We’re not heading to know.”