Jury: York City man guilty of murder in shooting over family dispute

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Robert Lee Johnson II

Jurors on Wednesday convicted a York City man of first-degree murder for fatally shooting another man over an argument involving their 10-year-old nephew.

Robert Lee Johnson II, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21 by presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook.

In Pennsylvania, adults convicted of first- and second-degree murder receive automatic life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Jurors took about 90 minutes to reach their verdict on Wednesday, Sept. 11, after a three-day trial, according to prosecutors.

Johnson fatally shot L.A. Rasul Truvillion, 25, of York City, about 5:50 p.m. May 22, 2018, near the corner of St. Paul and North Penn streets, according to testimony. Truvillion fled on North Penn and onto Smyser Street, where he collapsed and died, testimony revealed.

Jurors learned that Johnson was in a city-owned parking lot at the corner of St. Paul and North Penn streets when he fired over a gold Lexus at Truvillion.

Casing found on car roof: York City Police Detective Chris Perry testified Tuesday that a spent shell casing was found on the roof of the gold Lexus Johnson was driving, a second was found on the ground near the car, and a live round was found under the car.

Homicide victim L.A. Truvillion

Senior deputy prosecutor Jennifer Tobias told jurors that Johnson and Truvillion share a sister, and that their sister has a 10-year-old son.

The two men had been arguing because Truvillion believed Johnson was exposing the chhild to a lifestyle that was inappropriate for him to see, according to police.

They were supposed to have a fistfight over the dispute, Tobias said; instead, Johnson brought a gun to the fight and fired at Truvillion three times.

The first shot was a misfire, she told jurors, and the second shot struck a tire of a parked car. Johnson's third shot fatally struck Truvillion, Tobias said.

Truvillion died of a gunshot wound that went through his arm and into his chest, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Loved ones of homicide victim L.A. Rasul Truvillion, 25, left a stuffed bear and candles near the area where he was gunned down on May 22, 2018.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

Trial witnesses testified they saw Johnson running from the scene, officials said.

At the time of the shooting, Johnson was free on $5,000 unsecured bail in a DUI and child-endangerment case stemming from an incident in southern York County, according to online court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.