Jason Monroe Daniels, now 37, was convicted of second-degree murder for the April 19, 2017 killing of William Luther Hayes, along with child abuse under circumstances likely to produce or cause great bodily injury or death and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Guy Eugene Alford III was in the drive-thru ordering food when the robber approached and shot him, according to prosecutors.
Jurors were deadlocked, with most favoring a not-guilty verdict after days of deliberations.
A three-justice panel rejected Jason Monroe Daniels’ claim that there were errors in his case, including a judge’s decision to revoke his right to act as his own attorney.
Zach Kennedy was found buried in the yard of a Long Beach home months after he vanished. This week, Kennedy’s father saw the accused killer for the first time.
The case of a decades-old Long Beach gang killing ended in a mistrial Friday when jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of finding the defendant guilty.
More than two decades after a shooting left a 26-year-old man dead at the end of a Long Beach alley, prosecutors say they have enough evidence to convict the man they believe pulled the trigger.
“Let’s just say I don’t expect him to reach his minimum parole date before the expiration of his life,” the judge said in court.
Daniels became “agitated” when he saw his girlfriend’s estranged husband spending time with his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son outside and shot him in front of the boy, prosecutors said.
On the first day of trial Tuesday, prosecutors brought multiple witnesses to the stand who described the events leading up to and after the shooting death of 38-year-old William Hayes on April 19, 2017.