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Guilty verdict in murder of Tsawwassen man
The trio convicted of murdering a Tsawwassen man in Indio, California in 2007 are expected to know their fate in June.
Jackie Lynn Dunson, Fernando Antonio Benavidez and Ronald Wesley Handwerk were in Riverside, Superior Court April 3 when the jury returned a guilty verdict for killing William George Dobbs who had a vacation home in Indio.
According to mydesert.com Dunson could face a death sentence if convicted, while the maximum penalty for the other defendants is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dobbs, 48, who owned the Excelsior Buildings Maintenance was found stabbed to death on the side of the road in Indio on Nov. 26, 2007.
The prosecution said Dobbs had been lured to an apartment and then tortured by a number of people trying to get his PIN code for his bank machine card.
Earlier, Dobbs was reportedly seen leaving a nearby casino with a man, later identified as Benavidez.
The three killers—Benavidez, 30, Jackie Lynn Dunson, 35, and Ronald Wesley Handwerk, 34—will be sentenced June 22.
Dunson’s brother, Robert Lee Dunson, 30, and another man, Rogelio Zuniga, are co-accused but won’t but go to trial until June.