People v. VirgilAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of murdering a 22-year-old Soy Sun Lao during a doughnut shop robbery and convicted of two other robberies, both committed with a knife and one accompanied by an assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Defendant was sentenced to death and the court subsequently reviewed defendant's case on automatic appeal. The court reviewed guilt phase issues, penalty phase issues, and defendant's other claims of error. The court concluded that defendant's claim that the cumulative effect of guilt and penalty phase errors required reversal of his sentence failed because defendant had not established that any prejudicial error had occurred at either phase of his trial. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.