SANTA ROSA, California — Two men who shot and killed a marijuana dealer at a Santa Rosa motel have been found guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances.
The Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1MaKRpy ) that jurors on Tuesday convicted 47-year-old David Espinal of Sacramento and 36-year-old Donald Parker of Vallejo. They face a mandatory life sentence without parole.
The pair was accused of killing 21-year-old Max Weinreb during the sale of 10 pounds of marijuana at the former Vagabond Inn. Jurors found that the defendants had carried out plans to rob Weinreb.
Evidence showed that Weinreb and Espinal had both pulled out their guns, but one juror said he believed Espinal drew his first.
Lawyers for Espinal and Parker maintain that Weinreb had been the aggressor.
Both men will be sentenced later this summer.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com