A Criminal Court on Friday convicted Marcellus Johnson, 26, and Marico Spencer, 27, of first-degree murder, resulting in life sentences for both men. Johnson also was convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Spencer, the driver, also was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. A third defendant charged in the case, Joshua Potts, 23, will be handled next month.
The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2013, when a 25-year-old man was driving near Meadow and Barron with two women passengers. Investigators said another car drove up and one or more occupants began firing weapons, striking Shakita Blackman, 23, in the head and critically injuring the driver who was hit multiple times.
Blackman died eight days later from her injury. The driver, who was the intended target, survived his wounds. The other woman in the vehicle was not hit.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Chris Lareau and Sarah Poe.
Lareau is a member of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.