Had the case gone to trial, Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry said, four people would have testified that they saw Little shoot Mohan Varughese, 23, in the right cheek and chest while trying to steal his Kawasaki motorcycle on Camac Street near Susquehanna Avenue in North Philly.
One of those witnesses would have testified that he drove around looking for Little after he fled the crime scene without the motorcycle, Barry said.
When Barry told Carpenter that Little had two prior drug-dealing convictions as an adult, the defendant's mother, Gail Rose, shrieked in court, saying one conviction was as a juvenile and calling the prosecutor a "lying bitch." It did not appear that the judge or Barry heard her.
The afternoon of the slaying, Varughese, of Bustleton, had gone to North Philadelphia to visit his girlfriend, a student at Temple University. As the couple sat on steps of a rowhouse on Camac Street talking with friends, Little approached, pulled a .22-caliber handgun and demanded the motorcycle keys, Barry said.
When Varughese refused, the prosecutor said, Little fired three shots, two of which hit Varughese.
He died within the hour at Temple University Hospital - less than a week before he was to graduate with a psychology degree.
Varughese's relatives may return to court today to give victim-impact statements, Barry said.
Little could receive an additional five-to-10-year prison sentence on Monday when he is scheduled to have a violation-of-probation hearing, said his court-appointed attorney, Joseph Schultz. He was on probation for a drug-dealing charge at the time of Varughese's killing.
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