CONCOURSE — A Bronx man has been convicted of an attempted murder charge for shooting a Tremont man in the leg, despite the victim's unwillingness to cooperate, officials said.
Jurors found Jeffrey Harris, 38, guilty of second-degree attempted murder on Friday after a four-week trial, Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said Monday in a statement.
Harris was accused of shooting the 33-year-old Dee Jones on Nov. 7, 2014, inside the lobby of a building at the Murphy Houses complex in the Bronx. The bullet shattered Jones’ femur, Clark said.
Jones refused to testify at the trial or cooperate with any facet of the prosecution, a spokesman for Clark said. “I cannot speculate on the victim’s decision or mindset,” he said.
Video from a surveillance camera shows Harris inside the lobby before and after the shooting. The video also shows Harris with his face covered, armed with a gun when the shots are fired, Clark said.
Jurors also heard a recording of a telephone call Harris made from Rikers Island jail during which he talks about the surveillance video, Clark said.
“They seen me come in,” Harris says in the recording. “They show me some pictures. I’m like, yeah, that’s me. Because it’s me.”
Harris faces eight to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 5.