- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas jury has convicted a 21-year-old Houston man of capital murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of a man over a pair of Air Jordan sneakers the man had just bought.

A Harris County jury deliberated about two hours Friday before convicting Neal Bland in the killing of 21-year-old Joshua Woods. Bland automatically received a sentence of life imprisonment without parole since prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Woods was sitting in a car Dec. 21, 2012, with a pair of newly purchased, newly released Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers that retailed for $185 when some armed men approached.

The car’s driver ran and was uninjured. Prosecutors say Bland shot Woods, who then tried to drive away but crashed between two houses. He died at a hospital.


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