One day after attorneys for both sides finished closing arguments in San Mateo County Superior Court in the retrial of a Daly City man accused of stabbing his wife to death in July 2006, the jury found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder. The defendant, 36-year-old Quincy Dean Norton, leaned toward defense attorney Lisa Maguire and shook his head when the guilty verdict was read.
He was convicted of murdering his 31-year-old wife, Tamika Norton, in their home on Mira Vista Court while his children were in the next room. Both boys, who were 7 and 9 years old when the stabbing occurred, told investigators they heard their mother screaming the morning she was killed. Lead prosecutor Al Giannini said Norton was in the room at the time.
The defense sought to cast reasonable doubt on the murder charges by asserting that testimony given by Norton’s two sons was inconsistent and unreliable. The defense also argued that DNA evidence found at the crime scene from Norton’s girlfriend, Anitra Johnson, suggested she could have committed the murder. Giannini argued that the testimony of Norton’s sons has been”unwavering” and “uncontradicted” since investigators first interviewed them within hours of the murder more than four years ago.
He said his case did not have to rely on DNA evidence. Judge Craig Parsons ordered Norton to appear in court Nov. 22 for sentencing. Norton was previously convicted of first-degree murder for the same crime in May 2008. Parsons overturned the conviction when he found that Norton’s attorney had provided inadequate representation.
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