Jury convicts man in bloody 2015 shootout at Melba’s Restaurant in St. Roch

An Orleans Parish jury Wednesday night convicted the man accused of starting a bloody shootout in the parking lot of Melba’s Restaurant two years ago on murder and other charges.

The verdict came a day after one of his friends testified against him.

After nearly five hours of deliberation, the jury found that Janero McBride, 25, took part in killing Toby Roche, wounding another man and shooting at a third man outside the bustling St. Roch chicken and daiquiri shop on May 13, 2015.

McBride was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. He faces an automatic sentence of life without parole.

Eleven of 12 jurors in Criminal District Court Judge Paul Bonin’s courtroom voted to convict McBride on the murder charge.

The jury of eight men and four women apparently believed Jacob Love, who testified he was inside a car with McBride when the latter started the shooting. Love pleaded guilty

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