Jury Returns Verdict In Shooting Death Of Teen

Posted at 3:40 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 16:40:28-05

Jurors found one defendant guilty of first-degree murder and two others guilty on a lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder in connection with the 2015 death of a teenager who shielded friends from gunfire.

Christopher Drone Bassett, age 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson. Kipling Deshawn Colbert, age 22, and Richard Gregory Williams III, age 23, also had been facing first-degree murder charges but were instead found guilty of facilitating the murder.

Dobson, a high school football player, was on a back porch with friends on December 17, 2015, when shots were fired. Police said Dobson suffered a fatal gunshot wound while shielding two girls, who were unhurt.

Dobson's decision to protect his two friends was later praised by then-President Barack Obama.