ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting one man and injuring two others outside an Orlando nightclub.
An Orange County jury found 27-year-old Xavier Ortiz-Reyes guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence at a hearing later this month.
Authorities say Ortiz-Reyes and his friends got into a series of fights with another group outside the Roxy Nightclub one night in January 2008. Witnesses say Ortiz-Reyes went to the other group saying he wanted to talk to them and stop the fighting. He got into a car to talk with the other men, but when he got out, he fired shots into the vehicle, killing 25-year-old Omar Nunez and wounding two others.
Ortiz-Reyes testified that he fired in self-defense.