Todd Kendal Washington, age 17, was convicted of aggravated murder, felonious assault, and aggravated robbery yesterday, having pistol-whipped and robbed one victim on Aug. 22, and shooting & killing a second victim in front of the victim's girlfriend and two 4-year-old twins on Sept. 30, apparently without any motive.
Washington waived his right to a jury trial, requesting it be heard before a judge only. His attorney presented no evidence and did not call any witnesses, trying only to have Washington convicted on a lesser crime than aggravated murder.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 8th., but the most severe penalty he can currently get is life imprisonment. The Supreme Court, however, is set to hear cases this Fall looking at whether life in prison sentences without parole can be mete out on juvenile offenders, and there is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would change that.
(See our previous posts, here & here, for further information)