LANCASTER – Three men were found guilty Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 daylight shooting death of a man in Lancaster.
Terrell Henderson, 22, Randy “Bam” Sullivan, 36, and Joshua Lockett, 21, were all found guilty of second degree murder. However, the jury rejected the gang enhancement allegations.
“I’m satisfied,” said the victim’s mother, Sheila Kaufman, who wept as the last verdict was read. “My son finally gets to rest in peace.”
Her son, Brandy “Brandon” Houston, was shot 12 times during an afternoon street brawl near Coach’s Sports Bar on Nov. 29, 2012. Though none of the three defendants pulled the trigger, they’re every bit as culpable for Houston’s death, prosecutor Jon Hatami convinced the jury.
“The jury system worked, and justice has been served today,” Hatami said Thursday.
More than two dozen witnesses testified during the 21-day trial. The prosecution stressed that the murder was gang related, while the defense claimed it was a “baby mama drama” case.
On the morning of his death, Houston and the mother of his child got into an argument. She called her sister for a ride out of the residence, but her sister instead sent Henderson, Sullivan and Lockett to pick her up. When they arrived, an argument broke out between the three defendants and Houston. The three defendants left but promised they would return, according to court testimony.
Sometime later, during the noon hour, Henderson, Sullivan and Lockett returned with the shooter and another man. A street brawl involving around a dozen people, including the defendants, ensued. During the fight, the shooter walked through the crowd, went directly to Houston and shot him 12 times, killing him, according to the prosecutor.
The shooter still hasn’t been identified.
“Is the shooter also responsible? Obviously. But those three [defendants] are the ones who know who the shooter is,” Hatami said. “They started the fight and brought the shooter… The three people who were ultimately responsible have been convicted and brought to justice.”
Jurors deliberated for 12 hours before handing down the guilty verdicts. The defendants are due back for sentencing on May 9. Henderson faces 35 years to life in state prison; Sullivan faces 17 years to life; and Lockett faces 15 years to life in prison.
The other man the trio brought to the scene is believed to be Denelle Wilson, Hatami said. Wilson is now wanted on a $500,000 warrant for accessory to commit murder.
Anyone with information on Denelle Wilson or the shooter’s identity is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Division at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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