Video: Shooting at Lookers Night Club in Fort Myers
Video: Second Surveillance video of shooting at Lookers Night Club
LEE COUNTY — A jury has returned a guilty verdict in the second-degree murder case against an Immokalee man charged in the fatal shooting of two men outside a Fort Myers strip club.
The six-person Lee County jury spent two and a half hours deliberating before finding Justin Campos, 26, guilty of two second-degree murder charges in the January 2011 deaths of Lehigh Acres residents Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20, and Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29. Campos faces life in prison when he's sentenced.
Justin Campos took the stand in his defense Thursday, saying he made a split-second decision to protect himself by shooting two men during a fight in January 2011.
Campos, 26, of Immokalee, testified that he felt threatened by two men, one who punched his friend and another who was approaching the melee, when he shot both of them outside Lookers strip club in Fort Myers. Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20, and Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29, both of Lehigh Acres, were pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.
"I've never been in any kind of trouble like this before in my life," Campos said. "I didn't know what to do at that moment. No one would know what to do."
Campos said Sanchez-Perdomo picked up an item, later determined to be a hat, before punching Campos' friend, Daniel Guillen. Campos also testified that he believed Deleon-Ortiz was reaching into his pocket while walking toward the fight.
"I felt like I had to protect Daniel and myself at that moment," Campos said. "I don't know what you have in your hand. I can't wait to find out if (Guillen is) going to get killed or die."
In surveillance video taken from the club, Guillen is seen approaching a friend of Sanchez-Perdomo, Kelvin Figueroa, and pistol-whipping him. The gun goes flying and is picked up by Campos, who approaches with the gun by his side. When Sanchez-Perdomo quickly returns and punches Guillen, Campos shoots Sanchez-Perdomo. He then shoots Deleon-Ortiz, who prosecutors have said was holding up his pants, not reaching into his pocket, while walking toward the fight.
Campos' lawyers are asking for a not-guilty verdict based on a self-defense argument. He faces life in prison if convicted on the two second-degree murder charges.
Jury instructions were being debated as of 11:30 a.m., to be followed by closing arguments. The jury is expected to begin deliberating Thursday afternoon.