BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Lake Wales man facing a first-degree murder charge has been convicted of a lesser manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting.
The Ledger reports that a Polk County jury found 29-year-old Julian Bird guilty of the lesser charge on Friday. He was acquitted of related charges, including robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit robbery and tampering with evidence. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Bird fatally shot 39-year-old Jimmie Rogers Jr. in November 2016 as he sat in the front seat of his car in the parking lot of his Winter Haven apartment.
Bird has another murder trial scheduled for next year. He’s accused of killing a clerk at a Lake Wales convenience store in October 2016. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in that case.
Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com