SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A verdict has been reached in a Sioux City murder trial.
Closing arguments for the trial of Dwight Evans were presented on Wednesday, and on Thursday, a verdict was reached.
The jury has found Dwight Evans, 18, guilty of first-degree murder and going armed with intent in the shooting death of a man named Martez Harrison, 22. The shooting took place in early May of 2021 when Evans was 17.
Evans was also charged of controlled substance violation and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. Those charges will be pursued in a separate trial.
Early on May 1, 2021, officers were called to a Sioux City bar. They said Evans and Lawrence Canady, 21, tried to enter the bar but were turned away. They both told a bartender they were waiting for Harrison and were armed. While Harrison was outside waiting for a ride, an argument allegedly started between himself and Canady. Later, Harrison’s girlfriend came to pick him up at the bar, but, Canady assaulted her. Harrison tried to intervene and a fight began. Evans then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Harrison. Canady kept hitting Harrison before he and Evans fled the scene. The two were located later by officers.