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DA: Man found guilty of murder of estranged wife’s boyfriend

A Nassau County jury on Tuesday found Deon

A Nassau County jury on Tuesday found Deon Ewers, 51, of Los Angeles guilty of murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife's boyfriend in her Valley Stream home, prosecutors said. Credit: NCPD

A Nassau County jury on Tuesday found a California man guilty of murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend in her Valley Stream home, prosecutors said.

Deon Ewers, 51, of Los Angeles, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life after he was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Nassau County district attorney’s office.

The jury took less than a day to deliberate after a trial of about two weeks, prosecutors said. Ewers is scheduled to be sentenced May 5 before acting state Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz.

“This defendant went to his estranged wife’s home, shot her boyfriend five times in a fit of rage and killed the 34-year-old man as he laid in bed,” District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement. “Deon Ewers claimed that the killing was in self-defense, but jurors rejected that argument, and now Ewers faces life in prison for killing an innocent man.”

Ewers flew in from California on Nov. 6, 2015, and a short time later visited the East Hawthorne Avenue home of his estranged wife, authorities said.

While in the house, Ewers came upon Majid Morris, 34, his estranged wife’s boyfriend, in a second-floor bedroom and shot Morris multiple times, killing him. Morris was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

Nassau police detectives arrested Ewers the next day in Oceanside.

“The defendant claimed during the trial that the shooting was accidental and in self-defense,” prosecutors said. “Evidence recovered at the scene included five shell casings, bullet fragments in the bed, the victim’s DNA on the defendant’s pants, blood smears on sheets and a pillow with bullet holes.”

Ewers’ attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

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