2 convicted in Delaware soccer field shootings

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 6:13 PM

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two gang members who prosecutors say were out to avenge a friend's death and to silence a witness to an earlier killing have been convicted of murder in a 2012 soccer tournament shooting in Delaware that left three people dead.

A jury on Friday convicted 38-year-old Otis Phillips and 23-year-old Jeffrey Phillips of first-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old tournament organizer Herman Curry. The two defendants, who are not related, also were convicted of manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old soccer player Alexander Kamara at Wilmington's Eden Park.

Otis Phillips also was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Christopher Palmer, a friend of Curry.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

Authorities say some spectators returned fire on the suspects, killing a third alleged gang member.