LOS ANGELES – A Long Beach Polytechnic High School
football star was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges
today in connection with a Culver City car-to-car shooting a year
and a half ago.
The jury deliberated over two days before returning guilty
verdicts against 19-year-old Jurray Willie Casey. Besides
first-degree murder, Casey was convicted of one count of shooting at
an occupied vehicle. The jury also found true gang-related firearm
Deputy District Attorney Hamid Towfigh said Casey faces three
consecutive 25-year-to-life prison terms when he returns to court on
Aug. 6 for sentencing by Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney.
Dabney presided over the trial at the court’s Airport Branch.
Casey and another young man were charged in January 2006 with the
fatal shooting of 17-year-old Rashad Ali on Jan. 8, 2006. The case
against Casey’s co-defendant was dismissed prior to trial.
The defendant had been a star defensive end and linebacker for
Poly High School. He and the former co-defendant, both 17 at the
time, were in Culver City to attend a party. The shooting occurred
when they were leaving.
Casey has remained in custody on $2 million bail since his arrest
on Jan. 9, 2006.