The two remaining suspects accused of the murders of Emmett, Michael Lucky and Keith Johnson are yet to be tried.
DALLAS – The first of three men charged with the murder of former NBA player Andre Emmett pleaded guilty on Thursday.
A Dallas County jury was unanimous in finding Larry Jenkins guilty of capital murder after two days of deliberation. Jenkins had pleaded not guilty in the case.
Jenkins’ trial began Tuesday with testimony from Emmett’s mother, as well as crime scene investigators and officers.
Emmett, 37, was shot during a robbery while eating a Whataburger in his car in the driveway of his Old East Dallas home near Lower Greenville on September 23, 2019, Dallas police said.
The former Texas Tech University basketball star was taken to hospital where he later died.
Jenkins’ attorneys told the court Tuesday, “It starts with Michael Lucky and starts with Keith Johnson” and that his client is “being thrown around with the rest of the mix.” Both Lucky and Johnson were charged with murder in December 2019.
Dallas police say Johnson and Lucky shot Emmett during a robbery in which they stole his watch and a necklace.
Dallas police released home security video captured by doorbell cameras of Emmett and his neighbor, which was played in court on Tuesday. Half a dozen gunshots can be heard in the video, with Emmett getting out of his car and running.
Dallas Police Department officers and crime scene investigators testified Tuesday that they collected evidence from two crime scenes that were relatively close: the location where Emmett was found and the driveway of his home, where they said the robbery took place.
Following Friday’s ruling, Emmett’s mother took the stand to read out her impact statement to Jenkins.
After attending high school in Dallas, Emmett played basketball at Texas Tech University from 2000 to 2004, where Bob Knight was his coach for three of the four seasons.
He remained the university’s second all-time scorer and was named an All-American in his senior year.
In 2004, he was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics as the 35th overall pick in the NBA draft. He was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and went on to play for the New Jersey Nets.
He also played for several NBA Developmental League teams, including with the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League in 2006.
In 2018, Emmett was the second overall pick in the 2018 BIG3 League, a 3-on-3 basketball league founded by rapper and actor Ice Cube. He was entering his second season with the league when he was killed.