Jury convicts second brother on murder charges stemming from 2015 shooting outside Roxy

James Willis
James Willis
A Johnson County jury on Friday convicted the second of two brothers implicated in murder of an aspiring rapper outside a northeast Johnson County club in 2015.

The jury found James Willis guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Jurl Carter outside The Roxy at 75th Street and Metcalf in Overland Park in September 2015. Willis’s brother Dale “Poppa Willo” Willis, a local music executive and rapper, was found guilty in the case last fall.

Prosecutors alleged that the Willis brothers were standing outside the club before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, when Carter, 24, pulled up in a car nearby. Dale and Carter got into an argument, and Dale punched Carter in the face. Carter fell to the ground, but then got up and entered his car. As he started to drive away, James opened fire on the vehicle, discharging a total of 11 shots. Four bullets hit Carter in the chest. He died on the scene.

The Roxy closed at the end of March to make way for a new microhospital on the site.