YORK, Pennsylvania — A man has been convicted of murder and robbery in the shooting death of a homeless man authorities said was targeted as he slept in his car.
Jurors in York County convicting 24-year-old Shamar McCowin on Friday of all charges in the November 2012 death of 46-year-old Edward Green. McCowin faces a mandatory life term without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced in March.
Authorities said McCowin and 20-year-old Malcolm Bull were looking for someone to rob in York and targeted Green, a restaurant cook living in his car behind a house where some friends lived. Prosecutors said McCowin opened the door and started shooting at Green, who fled but later died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police said the robbers took off in his car and later torched it.
Defense attorney Marc Semke blamed the shooting on Bull, who testified against McCowin at trial last week. He told The York Dispatch after the verdict that his client maintains his innocence and will appeal.
Bull said he didn't think Green was going to be shot during the robbery, but Semke said that didn't make sense, pointing to charges against the witness in a shooting the day before. Prosecutors said Bull's story was bolstered by physical evidence and eyewitness testimony.