Jury quickly convicts in Nicetown murder

Wayne James: Angry over tavern ejection.
Wayne James: Angry over tavern ejection.
Posted: October 09, 2013

A 47-year-old North Philadelphia man was sentenced to life in prison after a jury Monday found him guilty of murder and related offenses for a 2011 bar shooting that left one man dead and five wounded.

The Common Pleas Court jury took less than an hour to return the verdict against Wayne James for the June 26, 2011, shooting at the Genesis bar at Wayne and Roberts Avenues.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina then sentenced James to life without parole.

Carl Sharper, 43, a Water Department employee who was drinking beer with a cousin, was killed. Sharper, who lived in Germantown, was engaged to get married that summer.

Witnesses said James was physically ejected by a bouncer after he refused to stop smoking in the reggae bar about 12:45 a.m.

The bouncer said James drove away but returned soon afterward on foot and fired three shots through the front door, then reached inside and continued firing.

Prosecutors said James fired a dozen shots.

James was arrested three days later after he was identified on the bar's surveillance video.


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