Yacoub Abdallah
Yacoub Abdallah. Courtesy Everloved.com

A man was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for the stabbing death of another man last year in downtown San Diego, which prosecutors allege was sparked by a road rage altercation.

Byron Lee, 35, was found guilty of murder, plus a knife allegation, in the June 26, 2021, killing of 34-year-old Yacoub Abdallah.

Police said they initially received calls just before 3 p.m. that day regarding a car crash at 900 First Ave., where Abdallah was found with “trauma to his upper body.”

He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Testimony from Lee’s trial indicated Abdallah was stabbed in the chest, with the wound penetrating his heart.

A subsequent police investigation found that prior to the crash, Lee and Abdallah got into a traffic dispute a few blocks away at 300 Market St., according to Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department. A fight ensued and Lee drove away, according to the lieutenant, who said Abdallah also drove away, but at some point lost consciousness and crashed into a light pole, tree and power box on First Avenue.

Lee, who was arrested in September of last year in the San Bernardino County city of Ontario, faces up to 16 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced next month.


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