Following a mistrial last month, a Ramsey County jury found the Watertown man charged with fatally shooting another man after a fender bender in St. Paul guilty on Monday.
Anthony Trifiletti, 25, was found guilty of second-degree intentional murder in the death of Douglas Cornelius Lewis, 39, last May. Trifiletti shot Lewis near the intersection of Highway 61 and Burns Avenue in St. Paul after Lewis’s vehicle reportedly bumped Trifiletti’s from behind.
The Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office had to announce a retrial of the case last month after a previous jury could not reach a verdict.
According to charges, the two men then pulled over and started arguing. Trifiletti said he felt threatened when Lewis reached his hand underneath his shirt. Trifiletti, who had a permit to carry, pulled out his gun and fired several shots.
Lewis was later found to be unarmed. He died at Regions Hospital following the incident.
One witness told police she did not see anything in Lewis’s hands and that the two men were around 10 feet apart when the shooting happened.
Sentencing is expected to take place in June.
In a statement, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said: "While we are grateful that justice has been delivered in this matter, our hearts go to the family and friends of Douglas Lewis whose life was unjustifiably taken by the defendant. I want to thank my staff and the Saint Paul Police Department for their hard work on this case."