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Jury finds Tulsa man guilty of murder, recommends life sentence

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 19:31:00-04

TULSA - A jury found Joseph Johnson guilty of murder in Tulsa District Court on Wednesday and recommended a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Johnson fled to Louisiana in October 2016 after the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Quavis Cato in midtown Tulsa. Cato's family told 2 Works for You that they witnessed the homicide.

Family members told 2 Works for You that Karen, Cato’s fiancée, Ashley Porter, and her sister witnessed Johnson shoot and kill Cato outside his home.

According to police, the shooting was the result of an argument between Johnson and Cato about a car.

Family members say Johnson shot Cato around 12 times, with two different guns. Tulsa police officers say Johnson sped off in a red Chevy Tahoe.

Johnson was picked up in Louisiana and extradited to Tulsa.

“I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. I just keep seeing it over and over again in my head how he shot him. He didn’t deserve to die like this,” said Porter.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.

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