Defendant Kelvin Townsel admitted shooting Timothy Nolen, also 44, to death on Aug. 16 last year as the victim sat in his car in the 1300 block of Ethel near Park and Airways.
A police officer in the area chased Townsel on foot, but was unable to catch him. His car, however, was found parked a block from the shooting.
A week later Townsel turned himself in to police and said he killed Nolen over an earlier dispute. Townsel previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2002 and in 2009.
The plea made before Judge Chris Craft Tuesday.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Neal Oldham of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit (MGU) Prosecution Team that handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.
About half of the unit’s caseload involves of homicides, with the rest involving violent crimes such as aggravated robberies, kidnappings, rapes, attempted murders and narcotics cases.