A Shelby man who shot and killed his neighbor nearly three years ago is headed to prison.

After a three-day trial, a jury found Quavis Jerome Clyde guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Clyde, 36, gunned down Shawn Lamont Borders on Friendship Road on Nov. 24, 2015, just two days before Thanksgiving.

The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at Borders’ home just off of Post Road. Investigators arrived to find the 43 year old shot and killed.

Clyde fled the scene on foot and was apprehended a few days later.

According to neighbors, the two men both grew up in the same neighborhood and knew each other all their lives.

The argument reportedly arose when Borders refused to give Clyde a ride.

During the course of the trial, Clyde's attorney, Rick Beam, said his client acted in self defense during the incident.

Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Sally Kirby-Turner argued that Clyde was guilty of 1st-degree murder.

The trial started Monday, and jurors began deliberations Wednesday afternoon. They were given the options of first- or second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or not guilty.

By about noon Thursday, they returned a verdict of second-degree murder. Clyde was sentenced to 25 to 31 years in prison.

Clyde is no stranger to the prison system. His list of convictions dates back to 2003 and includes child abuse, hit and run, resisting an officer, larceny and various traffic violations.

 

Diane Turbyfill can be reached at 704-669-3334 and Twitter.com/ShelbyStarDiane.