JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin football catcher was convicted of two counts of first-degree homicide and other counts Tuesday in the February 2020 shooting death of two women.
Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Marcus Randle El guilty of murdering Brittany McAdory, 27, and Seairaha Winchester, 30.
Randle El, who was a catcher for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2004 to 2007, was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and operating a vehicle without consent while in possession of a weapon.
Prosecutors argued that Randle El suspected Winchester of telling police about his drug dealing and that he killed McAdory to eliminate him as a witness.
Investigators said while they don’t have a lethal weapon directly linking Randle El to the murders, surveillance footage and text messages linked him to the crimes.
The defense argued that the state failed to meet its burden of proof and called only two witnesses. Randle El declined to testify in his own defense.
The defendant’s brother, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, wore a pained look on his face as the Rock County jury returned the verdict.
Judgment is scheduled for May 3.