ZION, Ill. (STMW) — A jury convicted a north suburban Zion man of double homicide after deliberating for about four hours Friday, June 7.
Marcus Brown, 27, was found guilty of a 2004 shooting that killed one man at the scene of the crime and a second person almost five years later, Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Kleinhubert said.
Remorrian Gordon, 23, of North Chicago was driving down an alley on Oct. 29, 2004. He yelled at Brown to get out of the way, so Brown left, got his .38 caliber revolver and waited for Gordon, Kleinhubert said.
Gordon had Shabrina Gully as his passenger in his vehicle when Brown attacked, Kleinhubert said. They were near Elizabeth and 20th Street in North Chicago when Brown shot Gordon four times and shot Gully in the face because he didn’t want a witness, according to Kleinhubert.
Gordon died at the scene. Gully lived for four years and eight months before she died of pneumonia caused by the bullet. She was paralyzed and had a bullet lodged in her skull. The bullet had fragmented into two pieces and could not be removed, Kleinhubert said.
First-degree murder and attempted murder charges were pending against Brown when Gully passed away. After she died, charges were upgraded to first-degree murder for Gully as well.
Brown was eligible for the death penalty until it was abolished in 2011. A series of defense attorneys and continuances delayed the trial until June 3.
Because it is a double-homicide and the jury found that Brown discharged the firearm that killed Gordon and Gully, he faces a mandatory life sentence, Kleinhubert said.
Brown is due for sentencing July 22. He remains in custody at Lake County Jail.
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