Jurors found Quentin Wyche, 25, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a Florida International University football player on Wednesday.
After only two days of testimony, it took the jury one hour of deliberation to convict Wyche in the killing of Kendall Berry, 22, on March 25, 2010.
The victim’s mother, Melliscia Spillman, said she was relieved when she heard the verdict.
“I knew it would be guilty. It just took time, and we waited patiently, and justice has prevailed, and we’re very pleased with the verdict,” she said, standing alongside Berry’s stepfather, Derrek Spillman.
The incident began at the school’s rec center when Wyche, who was also a student at the university, insulted Berry’s girlfriend and threw cookies in her face, according to police.
When the men’s argument became physical, Wyche stabbed Berry with scissors. Berry was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.
Wyche later turned himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
A sentencing date has not been set, but Wyche is facing life in prison.