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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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