A Monroe County jury Thursday found Khaleef Reed, 34, guilty of second-degree murder in the March 31 death of 27-year-old Sir-Cordae Hightower who was shot four times in the driveway of a Wilkins Street residence in the city of Rochester.
The unprovoked attack occurred in broad daylight and was witnessed by Hightower’s sister Twynette. Hightower was rushed by friends to Rochester General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After the shooting, Reed left the Rochester area and was caught April 7 in Jonesboro, Georgia.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Bezer of the Major Felony Bureau.
“I’m happy to see justice done for the Hightower family, especially Sir-Cordae’s sister, Twynette, who must live the rest of her life with the memory of witnessing her brother’s execution,” said Bezer. “I’d also like to recognize the Rochester Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service for their investigation and apprehension of Khaleef Reed.”
Reed will be sentenced on Jan. 30 before Monroe County Court Judge Douglas Randall. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Reed will remain in the Monroe County Jail until sentencing.