OGDEN -- After five hours and twenty minutes of deliberation Wednesday, the jury found Brad Ricks guilty of murder.
The case went to the jury at 2 p.m.
In closing arguments, the prosecution hammered on Brad Ricks' own words in pressing for a murder verdict, while the defense said Ricks was merely drunk and negligent.
Before her closing remarks, Deputy Weber County Attorney Sandra Corp again played the tape of Ricks' 911 call reporting his killing of his friend and neighbor Maurice Lee with a single shot to the forehead.
Ricks sounds calm, telling a dispatcher repeatedly, almost impatiently, Lee was dead and he shot him.
"He said, 'Shoot me,' and I did," Ricks says on the tape. Then halfway through the call, Ricks unravels, his tone changing to crying, almost wailing, as he repeats, "What have I done ... No, no, no ..."
"Never once during that call does he say he accidentally shot somebody, does he say he mistakenly shot someone," Corp pointed out for the jury.
Ricks, 55, was charged with murder in the April 21, 2009, shooting of Lee.
The two men had been drinking heavily all day when Lee began boasting he was fearless, daring Ricks to put a gun to his head.
In statements to detectives after his arrest, Ricks only spoke of believing the gun wasn't loaded, according to testimony.
Ricks pressed the barrel of his Glock .45 "hard up against Lee's forehead," Corp argued. "aa'Hard up against it,' as you heard the medical examiner testify. You heard (Ricks) say, 'Maurice told me to shoot him, and I did.' That's murder."
"The state leaves alcohol out of the fact pattern," countered defense attorney Roy Cole. "They really don't want you to consider it, because it does mitigate murder. It mitigates it to manslaughter."
Lee's blood-alcohol content was 0.22, according to his autopsy, and Ricks' measured at 0.18 three hours after the shooting.
As to Ricks on the 911 tape, Cole said the man was in shock, and pointed to officers' testimony that no two people manifest shock in the same way. "If there is no norm, there is no odd," Cole said.
Sentencing was set for Oct. 6 by Judge Michael Lyon. Ricks, who had been out on bail, was taken into custody immediately following the guilty verdict.