- Associated Press - Monday, March 11, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is being urged to deny an appeal from one of two gang members convicted of murder in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead.

In a report Monday, a court commissioner said Jeffrey Phillips has failed to show that his trial lawyer was ineffective.

Phillips and a co-defendant, Otis Phillips, were convicted in the 2012 killing of soccer tournament organizer Herman Curry at Wilmington’s Eden Park. They were also convicted of manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old soccer player Alexander Kamara.

A cousin of Otis Phillips was fatally shot after being hit by return gunfire from soccer spectators.

Prosecutors say the two were out to avenge a friend’s death and to silence Curry, who witnessed a 2008 killing for which Otis Phillips was also convicted.

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