Juries hand down guilty verdicts for shooting suspects
Two Oklahoma County defendants were convicted of murder in jury trials this week.
Jessica A. Madbull, 30, was found guilty Thursday in a case involving five shooting victims. After several hours of deliberation, a jury convicted her of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault and battery.
The jury chose a 10-year sentence for each murder count and two years in prison for assault and battery.
Madbull, of Oklahoma City, was charged with shooting five people, two of whom died, in the early hours of April 1, 2017. She reportedly fired a handgun multiple times when an altercation broke out among friends and relatives at 1212 N Woodward Ave.
Monica Valdez, 33, was killed at the scene, and Wendy Cortez-Paiz, 22, died days later, both suffering gunshot wounds to the head. Marcus Rodriguez, Maria Rodriguez, and Eduardo Madbull also were hospitalized with injuries.
Prosecutors said Madbull started shooting as Valdez and Cortez-Paiz were pulling a man off of Marcus Rodriguez, who was pinned to the ground. Madbull told police in a recorded interview that she shot them because “she wanted to show them that she was serious,” prosecutors said in closing arguments.
“Her conduct shows she intended to kill Monica Valdez and Wendy Cortez,” Assistant District Attorney Merydith Easter said to the jury. “Her friends are dead because of her.”
The jury opted for second-degree murder over first-degree, finding a lack of premeditation in Madbull’s actions. The group convicted her of assault and battery against Marcus Rodriguez but found her not guilty of the same charge affecting Maria Rodriguez and Eduardo Madbull.
Life without parole
A Del City man was convicted Thursday of killing a man in a home invasion shootout.
A jury chose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Sharonne Antonio Jackson, 31, and 10 years for felon in possession of a firearm. His brother, Darious O’Neil Jackson, 23, was acquitted of murder in the same case during a November jury trial.
Police arrived at a southwest Del City residence Jan. 12, 2018, and found the two brothers injured and Morgan Hurt, 26, shot to death.
Witnesses said the brothers entered the home, pointed a gun at Hurt and demanded money, according to a court affidavit. The victim was taken to a bedroom where another man pulled out a handgun and shot at the brothers, police reported.
Both brothers received hospital treatment before their arrests. Darious Jackson admitted his involvement in the burglary and taking money, according to the affidavit.
Sharonne Jackson will appear for a formal sentencing hearing April 22.