ERIE, Pa. — Jaquel Tirado, 18, is convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Steven Bishop.
The jury began deliberating at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. The verdict was announced just before 10:00 p.m.
Opening statements began Tuesday morning. The prosecution showed evidence that Tirado shot Bishop in the 2000 block of Cottage Avenue. They said, Bishop, then managed to run to a house in the 500 block of E 21 St. before collapsing. It was at that residence that police found Bishop’s body.
An expert witness testified Thursday that gunshot residue was found on Tirado’s clothing. Jurors were also shown surveillance footage, which the prosecution said depicted Bishop being followed.
“We are very pleased with the verdict,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Burns. “We appreciate the jury’s service. They had a lot of evidence to go through. This was the appropriate verdict based on all the evidence. So, we’re very pleased with that.”
Investigators believe that Tirado conspired with a second person, 15 year old Keyon Lucas. No other suspects have been charged.
Tirado faces life in prison without parole. He will be sentenced Sept. 22.