A King County juror has found a 24-year-old Seattle man guilty of shooting three people outside a South Lake Union nightclub in January 2012.
Jurors had been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon before finding Kevin Hubbard guilty of three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Each count carries a firearms enhancement that will lengthen his sentence.
No sentencing date has been set.
The shootings followed a fight that erupted on Jan. 28, 2012, inside the Citrus Lounge in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. According to testimony during Hubbard’s trial, the melee began after a group of men began flashing money around while Hubbard was at the club with James Henderson.
As bottles and chairs began flying, bouncers began pushing people outside and an unidentified man in a red leather jacket, believed to be a friend of the men who had been flashing money, took a swing at Hubbard, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kline told jurors.
Once outside, jurors were told, Hubbard retrieved a semi-automatic assault rifle from the trunk of his car, drove across the street and waited for the other men to return to their vehicle in the parking lot of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Hubbard opened fire, wounding three men: Zealand Adams, now 28; Rommie Bone, now 30; and Daniel Wilson, now 28.
As a result of the shooting, Wilson’s right leg was amputated above the knee and Bone’s colon removed, the jury heard.
During closing arguments yesterday, Hubbard’s defense attorney, George Sjursen, told jurors the state was desperate to link the shooting to his client. He said the case was based on weak forensic evidence and a key witness with a personal interest in shifting blame away from himself.
“The evidence the state has presented to you … is very weak forensically and it’s very weak when it comes to motive. It’s so weak,” Sjursen said.