A man and a woman were convicted Wednesday in the shooting death of his uncle, who was killed in his bed at his Temecula home.
Kyle Christopher Miller, 29, and Patty Ann Lamoureux, 47, each face life in prison without the possibility of parole for the July 6, 2011, slaying of 53-year-old Bradley Capen. Sentencing is scheduled for April 19 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Jurors who had deliberated since Monday deadlocked 10-2 on charges against co-defendant Ian Edward Inserra, 38, and the judge declared a mistrial.
Inserra is due back in court on March 21, when the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will announce whether he will be retried, spokesman John Hall said.
Inserra remains in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to the prosecution, Miller had been at odds with his uncle over activities connected with the younger man’s drug use, including theft of the victim’s property. Capen eventually locked his nephew out of his house in the 44900 block of Los Caballos Road.
According to sheriff’s investigators, the three defendants drove to the victim’s Los Caballos Road residence in the predawn hours and forced their way inside. Miller then stormed into his sleeping uncle's bedroom and demanded prescription medication and cash, then shot Capen in the head with a sawed-off shotgun when he refused, according to the prosecution.
Two relatives were in a separate room down the hall and heard the commotion. The witnesses told authorities they saw Miller leave the room. He told one of them to forget that he saw him on the property and dashed out, according to the prosecution.
The defendants drove back to Lamoureux’s residence and gave her the shotgun to hide, according to prosecutors.
All three were arrested within a week.
Miller was convicted of first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a robbery, as well as one count each of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Lamoureux was convicted of murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing during a robbery, as well as conspiracy.
Inserra was charged with the same counts.
Miller was convicted in 2001 of making criminal threats and has had multiple brushes with the law since that time, according to court records.
-City News Service