Sacto 9-1-1
June 5, 2013
Shooter convicted in murder of ex-Valley High basketball player

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted the accused gunman of second-degree murder in the June 5, 2010, shooting death of one-time Valley High School basketball player D'andre Blackwell at a graduation party in Elk Grove.

The verdict was returned against defendant Al Henry Allen, now 22, who was with several other purported members of the G-Mobb and the aligned Guttah Boys gang the night they got into a confrontation with rivals from a group that called itself Gunz Up.

Jurors found that it was a shot fired by Allen that killed Blackwell, 18, who authorities said was not a member of any of the gangs that had squared off in the Holiday Inn Express on West Stockton Boulevard.

Although Allen was convicted, three of his co-defendants in the case were acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in the case. They were Marquess Trevon Wilson, 19, Jahmal Vance Dawson, 20, and Brandon Marcel Washington, 24.

Wilson was acquitted of all charges in the case. Dawson and Washington were both convicted, however, on separate assault with a deadly weapon counts, and jurors also found true the special allegation that the two of them, along with Allen, acted for the benefit of their street gang.

Judge Steve White scheduled sentencing on Allen, Dawson and Washington for July 12.

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