Julio Fraire, 31, of Dodge City, was found guilty of first degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon on Tuesday in Ford County District Court.
The trial lasted five days with the jury deliberating for six hours before coming in with the verdict, according to Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman.
The incident that claimed the life of victim, Ramiro Nicolas Bernal, took place on July 25, 2015 in the Dodge City Daily Globe parking lot.
Fraire, was arrested on Oct. 12, 2016 and was charged with the death of Bernal.
The 2015 incident occurred in the early morning leading up to the Dodge City Days Parade where police and EMS were dispatched to the alley behind the Dodge City Daily Globe.
Upon arrival, units found a 32-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who was later identified as Bernal, was taken to Western Plains Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m.
According to Salzman, Bernal was attending a concert at Club Hennessey at the time on north 2nd Avenue.
At around midnight, Bernal walked across 2nd Avenue and into a parking lot just north of the Dodge City Daily Globe building which was being used as an overflow parking lot for the concert when Fraire shot Bernal six times before fleeing the scene.
"Our office is obviously very happy with this outcome and extremely thankful to the jury for its service," Salzman said. "After over three years of waiting, Mr. Bernal’s family finally has an answer as to who killed Mr. Bernal.
"We hope this verdict will help Mr. Bernal’s family with their healing."
Salzman, along with Assistant Ford County Attorney James Crux, presented the prosecution case against Fraire with Wichita criminal defense attorney Stephen Ariagno representing Fraire.
"First degree murder is a crime punishable by a life sentence with no possibility for parole for at least 50 years," said Salzman. "Mr. Fraire could also be sentenced up to 21 months in prison on the criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon offense."
A hearing has been scheduled for a later date for sentencing.
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