Man convicted in killing of ex-Texas Tech basketball star

 Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (14) tries to shoot around Ohio State's Terence Dials during the first half of an NCAA basketball game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2004. A jury on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 convicted Larry Daquan Jenkins, 25, of capital murder, in the killing of Emmett, the former Texas Tech basketball star. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

A jury convicted a 25-year-old man of capital murder Friday in the killing of former Texas Tech basketball star Andre Emmett, who had brief stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets after college.

The Dallas County jury deliberated about four hours before finding Larry Daquan Jenkins guilty of the September 2019 slaying. Jenkins was then sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, since prosecutors weren’t seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Jenkins and two other men followed Emmett, who was 35, from a nightclub to his Dallas home. After he parked in his garage, they confronted him and demanded two chains and a watch he was wearing. A witness told police that Jenkins, whom police had placed at the crime scene, was the one who fatally shot Emmett before the three fled.

Larry Daquan Jenkins looks to the courtroom gallery during his capital murder trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 in Dallas. Jenkins, one of three men accused of robbing and fatally shooting former Texas Tech basketball star Andre Emmett in Sept. 2019, was found guilty by a jury on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Elías Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Police released home surveillance video footage of the crime to obtain tips on the thieves’ identities. Keith Johnson and Michael Lucky were arrested a month after the slaying and await trial on capital murder charges. Authorities say cellphone data also placed Jenkins at the nightclub and Emmett’s home, and he was arrested a year later.

Emmett was a guard for the Texas Tech Red Raiders for four years, three under head coach Bob Knight, and set a team career scoring record by the time his collegiate run ended in 2004.

He never reached those heights in the NBA, playing eight games with the Memphis Grizzlies and six with the New Jersey Nets. He also played two professional seasons in the NBA Development League — now called the G League — three seasons in Europe and two in China before attaining stardom in the Big3, a three-on-three basketball league founded by actor and rapper Ice Cube. The league retired Emmett’s jersey last month.

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