People v. Lucero
California Supreme Court
750 P.2d 1342 (1988)
Phillip Lucero (defendant) saw two young girls who were walking down an alley approach a goose in his backyard. Lucero talked to the girls and convinced them to come into his house. Lucero killed both girls and dumped their bodies in a nearby dumpster. At a jury trial, physical evidence was introduced indicating that Lucero possibly tied up one girl, killed the other girl by hitting her on the head multiple times with a glass bottle, and then strangled the girl who was tied up. No physical evidence existed of any sexual assault. Lucero was convicted of first-degree murder under a theory that the killings were premeditated and deliberate, and he was sentenced to death. On appeal, Lucero argued that there was insufficient evidence in the record to support the jury’s finding that the killings had been premeditated and deliberate.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Broussard, J.)
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