Thursday, November 12, 2009
JUSTICE IN MATTHEWS MURDER CASE: JURY GIVES DEATH PENALTY IN '04 KILLINGS OF CERRITOS ELDERLY COUPLE
Note: This will be appearing in Friday's Los Cerritos Community News. RIP Mr. and Mrs. Matthews! Also, check out tonight's news from KCAL-9 here in Los Angeles for more details.
By: Randy Economy
NORWALK – A Norwalk Superior Court jury has convicted and recommended the death penalty for a 34-year-old Carson man for the 2004 double murder of an elderly Cerritos couple Ernestine and Lamar Matthews.
Anthony Deondrea Cain was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. Jurors found "true the special circumstances of murder in the commission of a robbery and multiple murders."
Deputy District Attorney June Chung of the Norwalk Branch Office said jurors deliberated for two and a half days before returning the penalty phase verdict for Anthony Deondrea Cain. He will be formally sentenced on Jan. 15, 2010 in Department W of Norwalk Superior Court.
Cain also was convicted of two counts of residential robbery and one count of residential burglary. Jurors additionally found true the allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, scissors, as to all but one count.
Judge Dewey Falcone ordered the jury to return on Nov. 2 to begin the penalty phase. Cain faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The case was co-prosecuted by Ramadan and Deputy District Attorney June Chung. Ernestine and Lamar Matthews, both 75, were found slain in their Cerritos home on Feb. 11, 2004. The case has been followed by many local and national news outlets for the past couple of years.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Cain, a felon and relative by marriage, just days after the murders. Ernestine Matthews was a former teacher for the Compton Unified School District. Her husband Lamar was a retired probation officer.
Both were long time members of the Cerritos community.