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ST. LOUIS • A jury found a teenager guilty of murder today in the shooting death of high school football standout three years ago.

Terron Pool was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Rahmel McNeil, 17, on Sept. 24, 2010. He was convicted of second-degree murder, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said. Pool was 15 at the time of the shooting and lived in the 3600 block of Russell Boulevard. He was tried as an adult.

McNeil and another teenager were in a fight in the 400 block of West Belle Place when Pool, a spectator, pulled out a handgun, police said. Court documents say McNeil was backing away when the other teen yelled to Pool, "Shoot him! Shoot him!" Pool then allegedly shot McNeil in the chest several times.

The sentencing phase of Pool's trial begins Wednesday.

The other suspect in the fatal shooting, Rodnell Cotton, is set for trial later this month.

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