Small found guilty of first-degree murder in death of Jalen Handy

Small found guilty of first-degree murder in death of Jalen Handy
Verdict reached in Derrick Small first-degree murder trial.

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Derrick Ryan Small has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Jalen Handy.

Small killed Handy in Westlake in January 2018.

Small admitted to shooting Handy twice after Handy allegedly stole marijuana from him.

“The defendant was lying. He claimed self defense in the courtroom, and a completely different version of self defense than he had claimed on the scene," said Charles Robinson, lead prosecutor. "It was a lie. It was a last ditch effort to try and to save himself and the jury saw that. Jalen Handy did not deserve to die. He was unarmed and running in the other direction. He was over 60 feet from the defendant when he was gunned down.”

The jury made its unanimous decision around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Sentencing for Small is set for March 1.

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