Shooter Gets 3rd-Degree Conviction in Montgomery County Drive-Thru Lane Murder

A man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in the drive-thru lane of a suburban Philadelphia McDonald's last year.

The Norristown Times Herald  reports that 22-year-old Jonathan Walker was also convicted Wednesday in Montgomery County of possessing an instrument of crime in the June slaying of 24-year-old Marquis Johnson.

Authorities said the two got into an argument in a gas station adjacent to the fast food restaurant in Norristown, and Walker shot the victim after they left. Johnson's body was found in the drive-thru lane of the restaurant.

Jurors acquitted Walker of first-degree murder but also rejected defense attorney Benjamin Cooper's argument that Walker committed voluntary manslaughter, believing he was acting in self-defense. Cooper called the jury "really honest and fair.''

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