KANSAS CITY, KAN. A 17-year-old was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a delivery driver for a Chinese restaurant.
Brandon McReynolds, of Kansas City, Kan., charged and convicted as an adult, was the oldest of four teenagers charged in the Aug. 12 killing of Zhihai Cui. The teens are accused of luring Cui to a vacant house in Kansas City, Kan., where they attacked and robbed him.
Cui, 42, had worked for two months for the New Town China Buffet and was making $1.50 a delivery plus tips. Prosecutors said the teens used his cash to buy marijuana and alcohol before heading to the National Guard Armory to party.
Wyandotte County jurors also found McReynolds guilty of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Sentencing was set for April 21.
The other teens are awaiting trial. One was 14 and the other two were 15 at the time of the killing.
A judge ruled in November that only McReynolds should be tried as an adult, and the others should be tried as juveniles. The state is appealing the decision.