HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu jury on Friday convicted a teen of second-degree murder in the beating death of a taxi driver two years ago.
Kilani Derego, 19, showed no obvious reaction to the verdict. His sister, however, sobbed in the gallery.
Jurors reached their unanimous decision after a half-day of deliberations. Attorneys delivered their closing arguments Friday morning.
Derego took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday. He testified that he was at an all-night get-together at an apartment at Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa when the savage beating was taking place in Waipahu.
Charlys Ty Tang, 41, died from massive head and brain injuries.
Derego's friend, Michael Robles, who was convicted of manslaughter in the case, testified at his own trial last year that Derego delivered the fatal punches and kicks.
Derego will receive the punishment of life in prison with the possibility of parole at his sentencing in May.