A state appellate court panel Friday rejected the latest appeal filed on behalf of a former Long Beach Poly High School football star convicted in a 17-year-old boy’s killing.
The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s assessment that Jurray Willie Casey is not eligible for re-sentencing under a new state law that provides relief to some defendants in murder cases.
The former defensive end and linebacker was convicted in June 2007 of the January 2006 shooting death of Rashad Ali, who was killed shortly after leaving an African tribal dancing competition at a Culver City dance studio with three of his friends.
“Even if it could not be determined if appellant was the actual shooter, the record in this case establishes that as the driver in the drive-by shooting, appellant aided and abetted the killing with the intent to kill or with knowledge of the danger to and a conscious disregard for human life,” the panel noted.
Casey’s first-degree murder conviction was reduced earlier to second-degree murder, according to the appellate court panel’s 11-page ruling.
A parole suitability hearing is set in December 2022 for Casey, now 33, who is being held at Calipatria State Prison, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s website.
In 2015, Casey’s younger brother, Jurrell, an NFL defensive end from 2011-20, told the Tennessean that he credited his brother with keeping him “off the streets” and not allowing him to “hang out with a certain crowd.”
“I’m sure I could have gone down the same road, but once that incident happened I realized that every decision you make off the field can deter you from your goals,” Jurrell Casey told the newspaper then, noting that he always looks forward to his brother’s phone calls and that his brother is “always wanting me to do what’s best and is looking out for my best interests.”
The Caseys’ mother, Collette Burns, told the Tennessean that Jurray Casey “did not kill that person,” maintaining that he was in jail “because he took a rap for someone else’s crime that he didn’t do” and “had his name slandered.”
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