BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — When the first verdict was read, Darnell Hammond looked toward the ceiling and began to cry. A woman in the audience dropped her head and weeping soon came from her direction.
Any hope Hammond had of being released evaporated as he and co-defendant JIm Langston were found guilty of two counts of murder, robbery and other offenses.
A Kern County jury found the men acted on behalf of the Country Boy Crips street gang when they killed a father and son during the robbery of a Lamont gas station. It reached a decision Monday and the verdicts were read Tuesday morning before Judge John Oglesby.
The jury will return to court next week to begin the penalty phase for Hammond, who faces the death penalty.
Langston is set for sentencing Oct. 20 and faces life without parole.
Heriberto Aceves, 60, and Juan Luis Aceves, 27, were shot dead during the Oct. 14, 2016, robbery at Quality Gas. Autopsies revealed Heriberto Aceves was shot 13 times, Juan Aceves four times.
Surveillance footage played for the jury showed masked men enter the store and exchange fire with Heriberto Aceves. The footage captured the shooting of Aceves and his son.
Hammond was arrested shortly afterward, and DNA evidence linked him and Langston to the crime, prosecutors said.
Source: KGET 17