It took a Martinez jury just 40 minutes to convict a Berkeley resident in the killing of 17-year-old Danville resident Rylan Fuchs.
Walter Bell, 22, was found guilty of shooting the San Ramon Valley High senior outside his parents' home in January 2009 during a marijuana deal. The first-degree murder conviction include enhancements for using a gun and committing the killing during a robbery.
The enhancements carry a state-mandated sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jury foreman Steve Headen told reporters that all jury members were on the same page once deliberations began on Friday.
"It was pretty much cut and dry. After hearing all the testimony and evidence, there was nothing that left a question," he said, adding that there were many inconsistencies with Bell's testimony.
The night of the shooting, Fuchs had agreed to meet his classmate Aaron Marks to sell him 4 ounces of marijuana. Bell testified that while he was smoking marijuana hear Fuchs' home that night, he had no part in the shooting or robbery and believed Marks was the shooter. Marks was killed in Oakland last last year.
"In Mr. Bell's own words, 'the deal went bad,'" prosecutor Jill Henderson told the jury as she wrapped up her case. Rylan Fuchs died Jan. 20, 2009 on the front porch of his parents' home on El Capitan Drive after being shot in the neck.
Henderson said even if Bell didn't fire the fatal shot, he's still responsible as one of a group of eight young men who hid in bushes, behind a car and near a light pole, waiting to ambush Fuchs.
In her opening statement, Henderson said Bell confessed to at least two people -- his girlfriend and another friend -- that he shot Fuchs outside his home on El Capitan Drive. Henderson said Bell allegedly told his friend that he meant to shoot the gun to scare Fuchs, not to kill him. Deputy Public Defender Kirk Anthanasiou said both sources were pressured into inaccurate statements by police.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 21 in Martinez.