The criminal trial for James Herard, 21, accused of robbing and shooting 3 people in the face at a Delray Beach, Dunkin’ Donuts back in 2008 is over. His victims survived and Herard was arrested, according the Sun Sentinel. Herard was also on trial for accusations of 19 other crimes as well, including first-degree-murder.
James Herard’s trial lasted for one week where he was defended by Peter Grable, whom Herard fired just before closing statements. The prosecution, led by Chief Assistant State Attorney, Jill Estey Richstone, and Palm Beach County State Attorney, Michael McAuliffe, had a strong case against Herard.
The prosecution had told the jury that Herard had confessed to the shooting within the first 10 minutes of being in custody during a phone call to his cousin, according to the Sun Sentinel; however, Herard also confessed multiple other times as well, according to McAuliffe.
Circuit Judge Karen Miller found Herard guilty of all crimes and he now faces multiple life sentences and the possibility of the death penalty for a murder he committed in Broward County. Sentencing will be determined within the next few weeks, according to Judge Miller and reported by the Sun Sentinel.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Herard told police that, “It was pretty to watch his gunshot victims’ faces blown off, and seeing the carnage was like sex to him.”
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