San Diego — It’s been 8½ years since two innocent women were gunned down in a hail of bullets outside a Lincoln Park liquor store on New Year’s Day. They had stopped to buy a fireplace log after attending a late-night church service.
After a week of deliberations, a jury convicted James Carter, 37, in June of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. A special-circumstance allegation of multiple murders made him eligible for life without parole.
“He perpetuated the cycle of murder between two of the largest gangs in San Diego County,” said Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey during the sentencing hearing.