A Rochester man who fatally shot another city man in the back of the head was convicted of murder Wednesday.
A jury convicted Luis Rios Morales of second-degree murder, along with an assortment of weapons and drug charges. Morales was convicted of murdering Jose Ubiles Melendez in August 2019 at a Bay Street home.
The murder helped spark an investigation involving multiple police agencies — an investigation that led to the seizure of six handguns, six shotguns, and five rifles, according to the District Attorney's Office.
"In addition to the firearms, law enforcement seized over 200 grams of suspected cocaine, over 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl, 53 grams of suspected heroin and approximately $10,000 in cash," according to a news release from the District Attorney's Office. "Nine other defendants were arrested on various weapon and drug charges. These cases have all been resolved."
"Today’s conviction shows the impact that law enforcement collaboration can have," Assistant District Attorney Robin Catalano said in the news release Wednesday. “Mr. Rios Morales followed Jose Ubiles Melendez and killed him outside a house, firing eight rounds outdoors where he could have killed an innocent bystander."
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This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Luis Rios Morales convicted in death of Jose Ubiles in Rochester NY