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UPDATE: Canyon Country man found guilty of murder

Posted: November 7, 2012 11:56 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 3:09 p.m.

A Canyon Country man accused of killing his neighbor following a vicious seven-year feud was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, court officials confirmed.

Lennie Paul Tracey, 52, who lived on Calypso Lane, was found guilty in the shotgun shooting death Sept. 24, 2011, of Anthony Davis, 51.

Jurors returned to the San Fernando Superior Court room with their verdict at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the court clerk said.

Wednesday’s verdict is the latest chapter in the long-festering feud — punctuated with name-calling, rock-throwing, water-spraying, sign-posting and turning in each other for trash can and outdoor lighting violations — between two neighbors on an otherwise quiet cul-de-sac.

After one full day of deliberation, the jury that began weighing evidence Monday afternoon returned to San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday morning with its verdict.

Jurors found Tracey guilty of first-degree murder and found true the allegations he discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury.

Tracey fired a pump-action shogun at Davis from a distance of about two feet; the shot struck Davis in the chest.

Tracey ejected the spent cartridge and shot Davis again, this time in the back, from a distance of at least six feet.
Jurors also found Tracey guilty of assault causing bodily harm in a confrontation with the victim’s wife, Cindy Davis, on the night her husband was shot and killed.

They also found the allegations Tracey used a firearm to commit that assault to be true.

During the two-week trial, jurors were presented with two scenarios of what happened the night Anthony Davis was shot.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Gallegly told them at the outset: “This case is about a man who lost control, about a man who took the law into his own hands, about a man who acted as judge, jury and executioner in the death of his neighbor.”

Defense lawyer Loren Mandel told them: “This is not a case of a neighbor dispute that ended in a killing; it is the killing of an intruder on a person’s property at three o’clock in the morning.”

In the end, jurors determined Tracey deliberately intended to kill Anthony Davis.

The wives of both the killer and his victim were questioned by both lawyers for more than a full day on the stand.
Jurors watched snippets of the actual shooting captured on surveillance cameras set up around both homes on Calypso.

They learned that Davis had eight surveillance video cameras installed around his home, and that Tracey had four cameras, including a camera activated by motion sensors.

A check with the Los Angeles County Assessors office shows that both wives — Tracey’s wife, Sandy, and Davis’ widow, Cindy — still reside in the same homes side by side.

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