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Jury convicts defendant in stepbrother’s slaying

April 25, 2019 GMT

Jurors Thursday convicted a Fort Wayne man of killing his stepbrother outside a hotel last year.

Joshua Mackin, 34, shot Samuel Westlake, 37, after a fight about a woman, prosecutors said. They said Mackin believed Westlake had sex with the woman -- Mackin’s girlfriend at one time -- and shot his stepbrother several times in the parking lot of the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Coliseum Boulevard West.

Ryan Masoner, a key witness for the prosecution, testified on the second day of a four-day trial that began Monday. He said he saw Mackin fire the fatal shots as they sat side-by-side Feb. 19, 2018, in a white pickup parked at the motel next to the Jeep in which Westlake died.

“As soon as I sat down (in the truck), he turned and he shot him,” Masoner said. “He just turned and shot him. (Mackin) threatened myself and my family if I said anything.”

Mackin was charged with murder and with being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm. A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about two hours before finding him guilty on each charge.

He faces more than 100 years behind bars when he is sentenced.

mleblanc@jg.net