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18-YEAR-OLD CONVICTED OF MURDER IN DRIVEWAY SHOOTING OF GIRL, 16

Rasheen Mills was convicted Tuesday of murder in the shooting of a 16-year-old girl on July 22.

After a weeklong trial before Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico, a jury convicted Mills, 18, of Parkdale Avenue, of second-degree murder with depraved indifference in the death of Nola Okorougo. Sentencing was scheduled for March 31.

The victim was gunned down in the driveway of her Auburn Avenue home about 7:30 p.m. July 22.

Jailed since he surrendered to police on Aug. 1, Mills did not testify. But his attorney, David P. Todaro, contended that Mills fired five shots in self-defense because he feared that the victim's boyfriend, Edward J. Jaycox, was about to pull out a handgun.

Gabrian Turner, 21, identified by authorities as Mills' girlfriend, testified Monday that Jaycox had a handgun in his waistband and that the victim swore at Mills and her as they walked past her house in the 200 block of Auburn.

Last Thursday, however, Jaycox denied having had a gun, and prosecutor John Benson Carle said police found no weapons on Jaycox. Jaycox testified that he and the victim ran when Mills pulled out a gun.

Jaycox, 20, of Jasper Parish, said that the victim had intervened about 2 p.m. July 20 as he fought Mills and another man at East Delavan Avenue and Grant Street and that she cut Mills' face with a ring as she punched him.

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