Man Convicted of Second-Degree Murder for Shooting Infant in Car

SYRACUSE, NY – A 27-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder by an Onondaga County jury on Thursday for the fatal shooting of an 11-month-old infant while she was in the backseat of a car.

Jesse Outley, the perpetrator, was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the incident that occurred in April 2021. During the tragic event, shots were fired into the vehicle, resulting in the death of Dior Harris at only 11 months old. Additionally, an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old were injured.

The driver of the vehicle, Chavez Ocasio, was apprehended shortly after the shooting but waited two years before disclosing Outley’s involvement to authorities. Ocasio, who had already pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon prior to the trial, testified against Outley during the proceedings.

Following almost three days of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict, holding Outley accountable for the senseless murder and subsequent violence that impacted multiple lives. The emotional toll of the tragedy was evident throughout the trial as witnesses recounted the harrowing events of that fateful day.

As the community mourns the loss of innocent life and offering support to the victims’ families, the verdict serves as a form of justice for the devastating crime that shook Syracuse. The consequences of such heinous acts reverberate far beyond the courtroom, leaving scars that may never fully heal.