Atlanta man gets life for killing friend over sidewalk dice game

A Fulton County jury has convicted an Atlanta man of murder for killing an acquaintance during an argument over a sidewalk dice game.

Dexter Beard, 29, gunned down Selemon Belai, 27, on June 3, 2014, at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Bell Street in northeast Atlanta after an argument broke out over cheating, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said.

Belai was shot in the back and legs five times. Beard was shot several times by Belai, and three other men in the area were also hit by gunfire during the exchange. Everyone but Belai survived.

Beard was arrested after being identified as the shooter. He was sentenced to life plus five years in prison.

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