DALLAS — A jury convicted a 25-year-old man on Friday for murdering a former Texas Tech basketball star Andre Emmett, who spent a short time with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets after university.
The Dallas County jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Larry Daquan Jenkins guilty of the September 2019 murder. Jenkins was sentenced to life without parole, as prosecutors did not ask for the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Jenkins and two other men followed Emmett, who was 35, from a nightclub to his home in Dallas. After he parked in his garage, they confronted him and demanded two necklaces and a watch that he was wearing. A witness told police that Jenkins, who had been placed at the crime scene by police, was the one who fatally shot Emmett before the three fled.
Police have released video footage of the crime to get tips on the identity of the thieves. Keith Johnson and Michael Lucky were arrested a month after the murder and are awaiting trial on charges of capital murder. Authorities say Jenkins was placed at the nightclub and at Emmett’s house by cell phone records, and was arrested a year later.
Emmett was a security guard at Texas Tech for four years, three of which were under coach Bob Knight, setting a team career record by the time his collegiate run ended in 2004.
He never reached those heights in the NBA, playing eight games with the Grizzlies and six with the Nets. He also played two professional seasons in the NBA Development League (now called the G League), three seasons in Europe and two in China before reaching stardom in the Big3, a three-on-three basketball league founded by actor and rapper Ice Cube. . The league knocked out Emmett’s jersey last month.