Man guilty of 2 counts of murder in driver’s shooting death, jury finds

Jury finds Baber guilty of murder

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A Hamilton County jury found Deonte Baber guilty on two counts of murder Tuesday.

Baber, 27, was charged with two counts of murder in the March 24, 2017 slaying of Jamie Urton, 44.

He gunned down Urton, prosecutors say, after Urton accidentally hit and injured a 4-year-old boy with his vehicle on Kenton Street in Walnut Hills.

The first murder count is for ‘purposeful murder,' the second count is for ‘killing someone while committing a felony.’

Baber will be sentenced Wednesday.

We expect to hear from the victim’s family for the first time when proceedings begin at 11 a.m.

Assistant Prosecutor Mike Peck said he and the victim’s family were “ecstatic” with the verdict.

“It took two years to get this done but we got it done and we very happy with the result. The jury did their job," he said.

The jury began considering Baber’s fate Friday afternoon.

Urton was on his way back from a lunch break when he struck the boy on Kenton Street in Walnut Hills and then was beaten and shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has said Baber “should rot in jail” and called the shooting “profoundly disgusting.”

Evidence, he said, shows the crime was racially motivated.

The boy was not seriously hurt.

His father, Jamal Killings, 27, also was charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault.

He’s accused of going up to Urton’s car and beating him.

His case has been postponed until after the trial.

Video from a surveillance camera captured the slaying and was played publicly for the first time during the trial, but it was shot too far away to clearly identify anyone.

The security video shows a man approach the car and fire five shots, according to the prosecution. The prosecution focused their closing arguments on a blue jacket with an orange stripe worn by a man who approached Urton’s car and opened fire.

A similar jacket, the prosecution says, was seen on Baber in a Facebook photo posted two weeks before the shooting.

Cincinnati police detective Terry McGuffy testified he watched the video more than 100 times and feels there is little doubt that it’s Baber.

Baber’s defense attorney argued anyone could have a similar jacket.

Killings can be heard admitting to shooting the driver, according to a recording of the call, prosecutors say.

"I took care of dude. I killed him. He's dead. He dead. The dude that hit you by the car. He dead. I killed him. I'm serious he's dead. The dude that him you with the car… I killed him," the man said, apparently addressing the boy.

The man on the call also can be heard comforting the injured child by telling him:

"You hear me? He dead. I killed him. He dead. You good," the man said on the recording.

“Your daddy got you. You know I love you, don’t you? I’m here with you. I love you, baby.”

The judge differed sentencing for 24 hours. Baber will be sentenced Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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