MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa jury on Wednesday convicted an Antioch man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his roommate.

Richard Allen Curry, 62, shot Robert Shelley on Dec. 2, 2012. The bullet struck Shelley in the shoulder and lodged in his jaw. Curry was arrested the night of the incident; Shelley died about a month later of causes related to the shooting.

Prosecutor Jason Peck said the two, who lived in housing reserved for people with mental health issues, had a contentious relationship. Shelley typically slept on the couch in the living room, while Curry slept in one of the two twin beds in the bedroom. On the night of the incident, Peck said, Shelley insisted on sleeping in the bedroom.

Curry told police that he was not feeling well and shot Shelley because he feared Shelley would bother him and cause him to have a heart attack.

Peck asked the jury to return a verdict of second-degree murder. The defense asked for a verdict of not guilty based on self-defense.

Curry will be sentenced May 9.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.



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