California Man Convicted in Slaying of Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

Deon Ewers
Deon Ewers

A Nassau County jury on Tuesday convicted a California man for the November 2015 slaying of his estranged wife’s boyfriend in Valley Stream.

Deon Ewers, 51, was found guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors argued that Ewers killed 34-year-old Majid Morris in cold blood, pumping five bullets into the man while he lay in bed.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Ewers was in a “fit of rage” when he flew from California to New York on Nov. 6. After arriving, Ewers went to his estranged wife’s home in Valley Stream under the guise of surprising her and their son, but instead turned the house into a crime scene after shooting Morris multiple times and fleeing the scene.

Ewers’ teenage son called 911. Morris was pronounced dead about an hour after the shooting. Ewers was arrested the next day in Oceanside.

Ewers claimed he was defending himself, but he did not convince the jury, which deliberated for less than a day.

Prosecutors said investigators recovered five shell casings, bullet fragments in the bed, the victim’s DNA on Ewers’ pants, blood smears on the sheets, and a bullet-ridden pillow.

Ewers will be sentenced May 4 before Acting Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Meryl Berkowitz.