A Sacramento County jury convicted a 34-year-old man of first-degree murder today in a 2012 shooting death, according to prosecutors.
Carl Murphy shot 35-year-old Roderick Alexander in the head Oct. 22, 2012 during a robbery involving marijuana, the jury found. Alexander died five days later.
According to Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith’s trial brief, Murphy was a parolee who met another ex-convict, Naquine Andrews, at a re-entry program called the Sacramento Community Based Coalition. The day of the shooting, Murphy, who later dropped out of the program, contacted Andrews to buy some marijuana. Andrews brought Alexander along during the transaction, and Alexander was shot when Murphy tried to rob them of the pot and they tried to stop him from doing it, according to the trial brief. Andrews was not shot.
Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives were notified of Alexander’s shooting after Andrews drove him to the UC Davis Medical Center, the brief said. They later determined the shooting had occurred in the area of Austell and Moorhaven ways, near Power Inn and Gerber roads.
The court found Murphy had a previous conviction of robbery with the use of a gun, invoking the state’s Three Strikes Law, the District Attorney’s office said in a news release.
When he is sentenced June 18 by Judge Robert Twiss, Murphy faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.