People v. PearsonAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted, among other things, for first degree murder and sentenced to death. The jury found that the murder was committed during the course of robbery, kidnapping, rape, and sexual penetration by a foreign object, and that it involved the infliction of torture. On automatic appeal, the court affirmed the convictions of first degree murder and the other charged felonies. The court reversed as to the sentence of death, the jury's findings that defendant personally used a dangerous or deadly weapon, the jury's true finding on the special circumstance of murder with the infliction of torture, and the state prison sentence. The court remanded for a new penalty trial and for resentencing.