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Man found guilty of murder for 2012 shooting of Santaluces classmate

Man found guilty of murder for 2012 shooting. (WPEC)

Frank Quarles was found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Michael Coogle-Robertson, a Santaluces High School classmate, in February 2012.

Prosecutors say Quarles intentionally shot Coogle-Robertson on a suburban Lantana street after confronting him over stealing his bike, the Sun Sentinel reported. However, Quarles told a detective the gun fired accidentally, and he never meant to hurt him.

Coogle-Robertson played on the varsity football team at Santaluces while Quarles was on the JV team.

In openings, the defense called the shooting of Robertson in the chest an accident, however acknowledged Quarles was "culpably negligent."

Quarles, who was 15 years old when he killed Coogle-Robertson, was originally charged with first-degree murder and two gun counts, but a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge.

He elected not to testify in his own defense, according to the Sun Sentinel. His attorneys say the killing was not premeditated and requested manslaughter as a lesser charge for the jury’s consideration.

The defense had also moved for a mistrial Friday after the court mistaken played a detectives statement that was supposed to have been kept out of the trial.

Quarles' sentencing is set for Feb. 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

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