A jury in Martinez Wednesday found an Antioch man guilty of
second-degree murder for fatally shooting his roommate at a home for people
suffering from mental health issues, a prosecutor said.
The verdict was handed down in a Martinez courtroom today in the
trial against 62-year-old Richard Curry, who was initially charged with
murder for the killing of his roommate, Robert Shelley on Dec. 2, 2012.
Curry shot Shelley, who was around the same age, after the victim
came into the bedroom the two shared to go to sleep, according to Contra
Costa County Deputy District Attorney Jason Peck.
The defendant told law enforcement that he shot Shelley because he
feared the victim would aggravate him and cause him to have a heart attack,
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died exactly a month
after the shooting.
Peck said Curry suffered from depression but no other mental
illnesses and was ineligible for a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.
The defendant was arrested the day of the shooting and has
remained in custody since.
His sentencing is set for May 9.