Verdict reached in elderly woman's death
(Update) Elderly Woman Found Beaten To Death
Last Updated: 264 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A jury has reached verdicts in the death of an 81-year-old woman and a mistrial was declared for the final person accused in the case with a unanimous vote of 10-2 by the jury.
Katila Nash, Angelique Nash and David Moses were arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Dorothy Pauline Session in April 2010.
The reached a verdict for Katila and David, but the jury is hung on a 10-2 vote for Angelique.
The jury found David Moses and Katila Nash guilty of first-degree murder, and also added special circumstance of a murder committed during a burglary to be true.
Moses faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and Nash faces 25 years to life.
A mistrial was declared for Angelique.
The prosecution is planning on filing a retrial against Angelique.
In April 2010, homicide detectives said the incident took place on the 1500 block of Camino Sierra in Northeast Bakersfield.
Sheriff deputies said Dorothy Pauline Session was found around 6:30 Wednesday evening in her living room by her grandson.
Deputies said he went to check up on her after Session had missed an appointment earlier in the day.
Deputies said they don't know how long Session had been laying injured in her home.
They said Session had severe injuries on her nose, cheek bone and on the side of her face.
Homicide detectives responded and are investigating the incident. At this time it appears that an unknown suspect or suspects entered Sessions residence through an unlocked rear door and brutally assaulted Session. It does not appear that any items were removed from the residence.
During the investigation, detectives received information that prior to the assault there were two Hispanic or black females, and one black male walking through the neighborhood.
According to witnesses, these people were knocking on doors, checking to see if anyone was home.
This is a common tactic thieves use to determine if anyone is inside a residence prior to burglarizing it, detectives said.
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