A Pitt County jury has found a Greenville man guilty of first degree murder.
The jury returned the verdict against Shadeek Pittman at 4:45 p.m. The jury got the case shortly after 11:00 a.m.
Pittman was given the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Pittman's trial began Monday. He was accused in the July 2007 murder of Kenneth Andrews on Imperial Street in Greenville.
On the stand Wednesday, Pittman admitted to shooting Andrews, but said it was in self defense. He testified that back in 2005 he took a wallet and a pair of pants from the victim. While the pants were returned, Pittman says Andrews continued to threatened him over the missing wallet.
He says on the day of the shooting he ran into Andrews and the two men argued. Pittman thought he was in danger. He said Andrews began to reach for something and shot the victim three times.
Jurors had to decide between first degree murder, second degree murder or not guilty.