Jordan found guilty of murder, mob action

By WEEK Producer

February 28, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A verdict has been reached in the Daventae Jordan trial.

Tuesday, the Peoria Circuit Court jury found 23-year-old Jordan guilty of First Degree Murder and Mob Action.

However, the jury was undecided on whether or not he personally fired the shot that killed 19-year-old Adrian Ortega in June 2010.

Special Prosecutor Ed Parkinson said Jordan was one of three men who attacked the victim in a confrontation which led to Ortega's death.

Two other men, James Reed and Curtis Taylor, also face similar murder and mob action charges.

"[The jury was] asked to decide whether or not he personally pulled the trigger," said Parkinson. "And, they were deadlocked on that. Which doesn't affect the charge at all, because they did feel he was involved in the first degree murder of Adrian."

"I believe it was a tough decision to make," said Patricia Ortega, the victim's sister. "Clearly, the evidence was there. I'm not mad because he's still found guilty, so we're still happy for that."

Jordan faces between 35 and 75 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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