A Summit County jury didn’t buy Andre Warren’s self-defense claim in the shooting death of the man he claims was his nemesis.

After deliberating for 10 hours, the jury found Warren guilty of murder and all the other charges against him except one count of felonious assault. This charge involved a woman who was with two men who were shot but wasn’t injured.

Warren faces life in prison when he is sentenced May 20. He plans to appeal.

He was the first person in Summit County to claim self-defense in a murder trial since state law was changed, placing the burden on prosecutors and not the defense. This means prosecutors must prove the defendant wasn’t justified in using deadly force.

Warren, 28, is accused of shooting and killing Dominique Thomas and wounding another man July 1 outside Julian’s restaurant on Pioneer Street in Goodyear Heights. A woman in the car with Thomas and the other man ducked and was unharmed.

Warren’s trial before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison Breaux lasted a week and concluded Tuesday afternoon. Jurors announced they had a verdict at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The shooting was captured on surveillance videos.

Warren testified that he shot Thomas, 31, because they had a long-standing feud and Thomas had shot him in the past and threatened him. He said when Thomas got out of a vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot, he saw that Thomas had a gun and reached for it, so Warren started shooting.

Prosecutors, however, said Thomas’ gun, which he dropped during the shooting, wasn’t visible in the video.

Bryan Darshawn Esters, 28, of Akron, a second man indicted on murder and other charges in the Thomas shooting, remains at large. Surveillance video shows Esters firing shots and chasing Thomas around his vehicle and then shooting him while he was on the ground.

John Greven, Warren’s attorney, told jurors that his client was guilty of three more minor charges against him — carrying a concealed weapon, escape and having a weapon under disability, which means he wasn’t permitted to carry a firearm because of a previous conviction. He argued Warren should be acquitted of murder and felonious assault because he acted in self-defense.

“This was a guy who was reasonably in fear he was going to get shot,” Greven said in his closing argument.

Assistant Prosecutor Brian Stano, however, said Warren’s claims that Thomas shot and threatened him don’t justify killing Thomas.

“He decided that whatever was going on merited a death sentence,” Stano said. “This was not self-defense. It was payback, revenge or him deciding, ‘I’ve had enough of this guy.’ ”

Assistant Prosecutor Jay Cole told jurors, “We don’t live in the Wild Wild West.”

Jurors found Warren guilty of two counts of murder — under different parts of state law — and two counts of felonious assault, with gun specifications attached to all of the charges. They also convicted Warren of the three charges he and his attorney admitted he committed.

Greven said he and Warren are disappointed but respect the verdict.

Family members for both Thomas and Warren, many who sat through the entire trial, were emotional during the trial and the verdict reading.

“It’s sad,” said Rita Warren, Andre’s mother. “Even with what was presented, I don’t think the state proved it — at all.”

Thomas’ family declined to comment while leaving the courthouse.

A 43-year-old Akron man who served on the jury and asked not to be named said he and the other jurors thought Warren had time to leave when he saw Thomas exit the vehicle, rather than shoot him.

“He had had the opportunity to remove himself,” said the juror, who changed his mind on the verdicts during deliberations.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705, swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com and on Twitter:@swarsmithabj.