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Woman convicted of murder in killing of friend in Carson

A 30-year-old woman was convicted May 12 of killing her friend last year, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

The jury deliberated for a day before finding Vershonda Charisse Sneed guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Bobby Ray King Jr., 34. Jurors also found true gun allegations.

Prosecutors said Sneed and King were good friends, but tension had developed in their relationship. On the evening of June 25, 2015, Sneed went to a friend’s house in Carson and then shot King when he arrived later. 

Following the attack, Sneed left the scene, according to prosecutors. Authorities were called and King was taken to a hospital but died of his wounds, according to coroner’s records. 

Law enforcement located and arrested Sneed soon after the incident. 

Sneed is scheduled to return to court June 17 for sentencing.

At the time of Sneed's arrest, a woman named Tyshonda Marie Powell was arrested on suspicion of accessory after the fact. That case was dismissed, the district attorney's office said.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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