An Aurora man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a fatal shooting and faces a life-in-prison sentence.
Caterrius Martin Jr., 35, was found guilty on Nov. 3 by an Arapahoe County jury in the shooting death of 30-year-old Michael Luther Ealy Jr., according to a district attorney’s office news release on Monday. The jury deliberated for just over three hours.
Ealy was shot multiple times on July 18, 2016, outside a building at the High Hollows apartments, 10702 E. Exposition Ave., according to the release. Officers found eight spent shell casings at the scene, and witnesses identified Martin as the gunman.
Martin and Ealy knew each other through mutual friends and were drinking outside Martin’s apartment when they got into an argument. Martin got a gun and fired the fatal shots, the release said. He fled the scene and was arrested the next day.
“The defendant gunned down the victim in a senseless murder because he was angry,” Deputy District Attorney Rory Devlin told jurors during closing arguments.
Martin was previously convicted of felony possession of controlled substances in 2004 and 2005 and felony escape from fugitive hold in 2009. He had completed a prison sentence at the time of Ealy’s murder.
Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 14 to the mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the release.