- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been convicted in a fatal shooting in which prosecutors say race was a factor.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports a Forsyth County jury on Wednesday found 55-year-old William Ryan Marks guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old James Naylor in December 2015. The victim was a black man who lived in a home with the ex-wife of the defendant, who is white.

Joshua Marks testified that the men argued over grease that Naylor poured down a drain. He said his father retrieved a .22-caliber rifle from a closet and as he tried to call his mother, he heard gunshots. When he reached the living room, he saw Naylor with gunshot wounds.

Joshua Marks also said his father used a racial slur against Naylor.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com


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