Man convicted of shooting ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend

December 18, 2019 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a Cedar Rapids man of fatally shooting a man and trying to kill a woman.

Ezekiel Phillips, 31, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and attempted murder. He shot Tyrice Douglas, 27, and 19-year-old Mone Dotson, prosecutors said.

Dotson testified that Phillips, a former boyfriend, entered her Cedar Rapids apartment on Dec. 19, 2018, and shot her and Douglas while they were in bed. Douglas initially survived the shooting but later developed an infection that led to his death on May 6, a state medical examiner said.

Phillips’ attorneys said he wasn’t the shooter and there was no physical evidence linking him to the shootings. They also said the medical examiner couldn’t prove the gunshots led to Douglas’ death.

Phillips is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 21 to the mandatory sentence: life in prison with possibility of parole.