WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware man charged in a fatal bar shooting has beaten a murder charge, but will be sentenced on other counts in June.
The News Journal reports a jury on Friday found 36-year-old Tyerin Griffin guilty of manslaughter, reckless endangering and weapons charges, saying the evidence in the death of 31-year-old Nathaniel Mangrum didn’t warrant a first-degree murder charge. They also found him not guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of Mangrum’s friend, Keivese Tolbert.
Prosecutors argued that Griffin arrived at Shades of Blue Bar and Lounge in April 2016 with the intent of ending a longstanding feud “once and for all.”
Defense attorney Andrew Witherell said that Griffin acted out of fear, pointing to Tolbert’s confrontation of Griffin. He said Griffin thought that Mangrum was armed.
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com