Q: A friend of mine, Kevin Burks, was found shot in the head, dead in the middle of the street inside the cab of his red compact pickup in the early morning hours. Has anyone been arrested for his murder?
A: Richard Tyrell Carter was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of second-degree murder in the Oct. 11, 2011 shooting death of 51-year-old Kevin Kent Burks of Sacramento.
Carter, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced in June 2013 to 55 years to life in prison.
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According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Burks was driving past a dice game taking place in the street on Decathlon Circle, near Mack Road and Franklin Boulevard, in south Sacramento. The District Attorney’s trial brief and police reports said Carter, who was standing near the dice game, was “antsy” that he was about to be the target of a drive-by shooting. When Burks drove past in his truck, Carter fired what he thought was a pre-emptive shot, but the victim proved to be someone who was no threat to him.
Carter, who was tried as an adult, had an arrest record dating back to when he was 11 years old and vandalized a power pole. At age 15, he and a companion robbed another youth at gunpoint of an iPod, according to his probation report. He had been out of custody only six months when he killed Burks.
Now 20 years old, Carter is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.