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Man found guilty of murdering man in drug turf war

A man accused of fatally shooting another man during a 2010 drug turf war was convicted of murder Thursday.

Sharod Pierce, 18, was found guilty by a jury Thursday night in the killing Anthony Carter, 18, and faces 45 years to life in prison, according to Cook County state’s attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Carter was with friends, selling small bags of marijuana at Pulaski and Jackson when Pierce approached and opened fire in August 2010, Cook County prosecutors said at the beginning of the murder trial.

Carter was an honors student at Crane High School when he was killed near his Garfield Park home, his family maintained at the time of the shooting.

But the teenager also was dealing drugs and ended up dead over a turf war, according to court testimony Wednesday.

“You better not be hustling out here,” Pierce allegedly said to Carter’s pals before shooting Carter nine times.

Richard Beuke, Pierce’s attorney, told jurors that his client did not pull the trigger.

Carter will be back in court March 8 for post-trial motions.

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