Man, Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2017 Shooting Death in La Mesa Store Parking Lot - NBC 7 San Diego

Man, Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2017 Shooting Death in La Mesa Store Parking Lot

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    Duo Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2017 Shooting Death

    A man and woman were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for shooting and killing a man in 2017 in a La Mesa parking lot. NBC 7's Mark Mullen has more. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019)

    Two people were sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing a man behind a La Mesa store in 2017.

    Derrick Henderson, 32, and Kathryn Williams, 26, were convicted of murder and robbery charges in July.

    Attorneys said the duo met 30-year-old Travis Lewis in the parking lot of a Burlington Coat Factory under the guise of buying marijuana from him. Henderson then pressed a gun to Lewis’ neck and shot him in broad daylight.

    The La Mesa Police Department received a call of a verbal dispute in the store’s parking lot on July 20, 2017, at 6:47 p.m.

    The caller reported hearing a gunshot and saw a man stumble to the ground, police said.

    Body Found in La Mesa Store Parking LotBody Found in La Mesa Store Parking Lot

    A body was found in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory in La Mesa. NBC 7's Ashley Matthews reports.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    Five days later, Williams was found and arrested. Later that night, La Mesa officials confronted Henderson, and one detective fired a shot at him. Henderson fled the scene, but detectives took him into custody after a short foot pursuit.

    "I was just chilling right here, and I heard some gunshots and I saw a bunch of cops run up and came super fast," said resident Frank Gonzalez Alonso.

    Suspect Arrested in La Mesa HomicideSuspect Arrested in La Mesa Homicide

    NBC 7 Liberty Zabala reports from City Heights regarding the arrest of a man in the killing of Travis Lewis in the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot last week.

    (Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017)

    Lewis’s cousin, Sean Johnson, told NBC 7 that Lewis was loving and cared about everyone he loved.

    “One of my longest living associates, my best friend, my family member. He is everything to me and to a lot of people," Johnson said.

    Henderson and Williams were denied the possibility of parole.

    Tragedy in La Mesa: Fatal Shooting in Parking LotTragedy in La Mesa: Fatal Shooting in Parking Lot

    NBC 7 Liberty Zabala reports on the shooting death of a man in a store parking lot on El Cajon Boulevard near Baltimore Drive.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)