A Newport News jury recommended a 32-year-old man serve 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of second-degree murder for shooting a stranger in a chance meeting.
The jury also found Rishaud Powell guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony on Friday, March 15 and on Monday, March 18, recommended the prison sentence. Judge Timothy Fisher will formally sentence Powell on July 12.
On January 1, 2015, Powell met with Jerrod Reid, 23, at the BP gas station at the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and Tabbs Lane where Reid was supposed to buy marijuana from Powell. Reid quickly tossed some money in Powell’s car and left with the marijuana.
Powell testified that Reid left so quickly, he thought something was wrong and so he ran after Reid with a gun and shot Reid once in the head. Only after shooting Reid, did Powell look and the money he was given and claimed it was fake money. Some counterfeit bills were found in Reid’s pocket but the money from the drug transaction was not located.
After the shooting, Powell ran away and an unidentified acquaintance picked him up near the gas station. Together they fled from Newport News police driving over 100 miles an hour initially escaping officers after driving into Hampton. Police later found the car, along with marijuana inside and the victim’s handprint on the outside of the car.
Crime scene investigators found Powell’s hat in the BP parking lot, with his DNA on it. Store surveillance also captured Powell inside the store on the store surveillance and another customer testified to seeing him running from the scene.