Man guilty in 2009 shooting that killed one, injured another

A 31-year-old Baton Rouge man was convicted Friday in a December 2009 shooting that killed a 50-year-old man and critically injured a woman in a North Street apartment.

Richard Bethely was found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of Avis Ulysses Daniel and of attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of a 38-year-old woman.

An East Baton Rouge Parish jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for about 90 minutes before reaching its unanimous verdicts.

State District Judge Mike Erwin scheduled sentencing for March 8. Bethely faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison on his second-degree murder conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Julie Cullen credited tips to Crime Stoppers with solving the case.

The shooting occurred at 4 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2009, inside Daniel’s apartment at Turner Plaza, which is a public housing complex at 4546 North St.

Cullen said the woman had rejected Bethely’s advances shortly before the shooting. The woman had been staying at Daniel’s apartment since early November 2009, the prosecutor said.

Bethely banged on the apartment door, and when Daniel answered it, Bethely shot him in the face, Cullen said.

Bethely then shot the woman multiple times, the prosecutor said.

Cullen and fellow prosecutor Sandra Ribes prosecuted the case.