|Sister that killed coming home from meeting-murder convicted
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Drug dealer guilty of killing grandmother of 3
By NANCIE L. KATZ
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, April 30th, 2003
A drug dealer who killed a Bedford-Stuyvesant grandmother on her way home from church as he fired at a rival in a turf war was convicted yesterday of murder.
It took a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury just an hour to convict Darryl Sommerville, 21, of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 66-year-old Gloria Logan. She was killed as he fired three bullets at Trevor Herne on April 9, 2002, on Throop Ave.
Logan, a grandmother of three, had just stepped off a bus on her way home from praying at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
She was struck by two bullets - one struck her head and the other struck her back - as she crossed the street near the corner of Quincy St. and Throop Ave.
Prosecutors charged that Sommerville and Herne, 24, had sold drugs on opposite corners and got into a fight over turf. Police found several pieces of crack cocaine along with the 9-mm. bullet casings found at the crime scene that night.
Sommerville pulled out a gun and fired at Herne once and then two more times as Herne ran away. Logan was struck at 9:30 p.m. around the corner from her Bedford-Stuyvesant home.
She died at Woodhull Hospital soon after. Herne, of North Babylon, L.I., took a bullet in the leg, cops said.
At the time of Logan's death, her sister, Janette McFarlane, said Logan prayed regularly for an end to the senseless violence that surrounded her. An immigrant from Trinidad, she prayed three times a week at the Kingdom Hall in Bedford-Stuyvesant, not only for her family but for peace around the world.
Sommerville faces up to 25 years to life at his May 20 sentencing in Logan's death.