Gary woman found guilty in boyfriend's murder

2013-04-05T17:45:00Z 2013-04-06T16:26:06Z Gary woman found guilty in boyfriend's murderSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury deliberated less than 90 minutes Friday before finding a 34-year-old Gary woman guilty of murder in the 2009 shooting of a man with whom she had a longtime relationship.

Prosecutors had argued Kaneka Kidd opened fire on Jermaine Ellis, 37, after the couple left a party held by friends in Merrillville.

The defense contended the shooting was the culmination of years of domestic abuse.

During closing arguments Friday, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michael Toth said Kidd methodically shot Ellis 10 times, negating any claims of self-defense.

"She killed this man in anger over what he said," Toth told jurors.

Three years prior to the shooting, Kidd witnessed the death of her 6-year-old son when a speeding car struck bystanders while drag racing in Gary.

Kidd told an officer after the shooting that Ellis had told her, "Your baby deserved to die."

Defense attorney Scott King had argued Kidd shot Ellis in fear of another beating after Ellis turned up separately at the party.

King said Kidd told authorities within 10 minutes of the shooting, "I just did not want him to beat me anymore."

King had depicted Kidd's life as one of exposure to abuse both as a child and in the relationship with Ellis, with whom she became involved when he moved into her grandmother's house when Kidd was 13.

Sentencing for Kidd was set for May 10.

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