Man who killed another after argument on dance floor found guilty


After three weeks of testimony, a guilty verdict was delivered in the trial of Mark Beasley, on all five of the charges.

A jury found Beasley, 44, guilty of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and related weapons offenses shooting Darryn Conte and Conte’s friend.

During the trial, prosecutors summarized a petty fight that led to Conte’s murder. Conte almost hit Beasley’s friend with his elbow while doing a dance in the Takoma Station club. After they had left, Beasley approached Conte and his friend in their vehicle and started arguing with them. They drove away to wait for Conte’s brother and their percussionist friend. As they were sitting in the alley near the night club waiting for their friends, Beasley fired multiple shots killing Conte and injuring his friend.

Beasley will be sentenced on Oct 13.

Comments

Comment guidelines:

D.C. Witness is a place where we want our community to come to remember loved ones and comment on homicide cases. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately discuss. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to set a few ground rules. Comments will be edited or deleted if they include vulgarity, name-calling, cursing or inflammatory language. Comments that include unverified information, slander, or hateful speech will be deleted. We reserve the right to edit comments to ensure they reflect the intent of the writer but make them publishable. If you believe your comment has been edited or deleted in error, please contact Jennifer Swift, swift@dcwitness.org