A Baton Rouge man was convicted of second-degree murder late Thursday in the 2008 shooting death of a 22-year-old man on Azalea Park Avenue.
The 10-2 conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison for Rodrick Dewayne Coleman, 38, in the killing of Anthony C. Hall.
The shooting took place in the 15100 block of Azalea Park, but deputies found Hall in the 1000 block of Manson Drive, where he ran to and collapsed after being shot several times.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Barry Fontenot said Friday the motive for the shooting remains unclear. The state did not have to prove a motive at the trial in state District Judge Bonnie Jackson’s courtroom.
Fontenot added the matter took so long to bring to trial because witnesses were reluctant to come forward and take part in the case.