At the time, an unarmed Brooks was leaving the club with a friend when he yelled at Pope: “I will kill you,” Hopper said. Pope then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and shot Brooks in the leg. Brooks fell to the ground and Pope stood over him and fired another shot to his head.
Brooks spent the next two months in hospice care before dying Feb. 26, 2015.
Hopper said Pope ran back into the club bragging that he’d shot Brooks. Pope left the scene, but was arrested Jan. 20, 2015 at the same nightclub during a narcotics-related search unrelated to Brooks’ murder.
In additions to murder, Pope was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Pope will be sentenced at a later date.
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