A jury decided Wednesday that Sherhaun Kerod Brown should receive the death penalty after he raped and slashed the throat of a Yucca Valley woman and killed her mother-in-law in 2007, according to court records.
The jury's findings for death were announced about 1:40 p.m. in the penalty phase of Brown's trial before Judge Eric M. Nakata in Victorville Superior Court, court records state.
The court was informed earlier in the day that the jury had reached a decision. Sentencing is scheduled for April 6.
Brown, now 34, of Palm Springs, was convicted on Jan. 23 of 7 felony counts and three special circumstances for murder during a robbery, burglary and rape, which made the case eligible for the death penalty.
The jury also found "true" that Brown had a prior burglary conviction.
The trial's penalty phase began Jan. 31. The Sun does not publish names of victims of sex-related offenses.
Deputies were dispatched at 10:30 a.m. on May 7, 2007, to a residence in the 57900 block of Canterbury Street in Yucca Valley, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials.
The surviving victim, whose throat was slashed, went to a neighbor's house for help. She was taken by helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
The deceased woman had been living at the home with her son, his wife and their 2-year-old and 4-year-old sons, officials said. The two toddlers were at home at the time of the attack.
Brown was arrested later the same day with the victim's stolen car in Moreno Valley.
Brown was convicted of 1st-degree murder, attempted murder, 2 counts of robbery, rape by force, burglary, sodomy by force, according to court records.
(source: San Bernardino Sun)