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Delmar Teen Convicted of Second-Degree Murder in August 2015 Shooting

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Ky'Shir Connally (Photo: WCSO) Ky'Shir Connally (Photo: WCSO)
America's Best Value Inn Crime Scene, August 2nd, 2015. (Photo: WBOC) America's Best Value Inn Crime Scene, August 2nd, 2015. (Photo: WBOC)
Larry Ennis. (Photo: WCSO) Larry Ennis. (Photo: WCSO)
Jarrett Stokes (Photo: WCSO) Jarrett Stokes (Photo: WCSO)
Shooting victim, Rakim Russell. (Photo: Rakim Russell FB Page) Shooting victim, Rakim Russell. (Photo: Rakim Russell FB Page)

SALISBURY, Md.- After eight hours of deliberations, a Wicomico County jury on Thursday found 19-year-old Ky'Shir Connally guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Connally was found not guilty of first-degree murder.  Connally was charged in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Rakim Russell outside of the America's Best Value Inn on Route 13 in Salisbury last August.

When the jury began deliberating at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Connally was facing 14 charges, which first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder being, being among the most severe.  After lengthy deliberations, Connally was found guilty of 10 of those 14 charges.  Connally was found not guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Connally still faces still jail time for the other 10 charges he was guilty of that include second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and a handful of handgun charges.

Connally was arrested in early August of last year, along with Larry Ennis and Jarrett Stokes for the death of Rakim Russell.  Russell was shot outside of a party at the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury.  According to police and testimony, Connally attended the party but got into an argument with some other teens in attendance.  Connally left, but according to testimony returned a short time later to settle the score.  Connally returned in a car with one young man driving, Jarrett Stokes in the front passenger seat, and he and Ennis in the back seat.

Stokes fired four shots out of the car window into the crowd of people outside of the hotel with one shot hitting and killing Russell.  The prosecution argued that all four men in the car had a role in the murder and all needed to be held responsible.  However, Connally's defense said without pulling the trigger, Connally cannot be guilty of murder.

Connally will be sentenced at a later date.  The defense requested a pre-sentence investigation to be completed in the mean time.  The driver of the car has already plead guilty to murder and testified against the other three teens in the car with him.  Larry Ennis and Jarrett Stokes were both convicted of first-degree murder and are serving life-sentences.

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