Derrick Stricklin and Terrell Newman are guilty of murder. A jury delivered the verdict Thursday against the men accused of a double-homicide - the execution-syle slayings of Carlos Morales and Bernardo Noriega.
"They shot them once in the back of the neck and once in the top of the head," said one of the jurors who sat in judgment of Stricklin and Newman. "The big gun was here and the small gun was here and they killed them."
The crime dates back to last December; deadly gunfire in an auto body shop.
Prosecutors went to court with a case that likely hinged on a key witness; a third victim who pretended to be dead when the bullets began flying.
The crime details are chilling. The juror we spoke with, whose identity we are protecting, walked us through the shootings.
"What happened that day was a meeting for a drug deal, a cocaine deal."
The drug deal gone bad ended in bloodshed. Morales and Noriega were brutally murdered.
"They tied them up with cell phone cords, the back of the hands. They begged not to be shot. They said, 'we have children, we have families.'"
The two men who were about to die and the third man, the witness who brought the story of that night to court, were forced to lie on the floor with their hands behind their backs and bags over their heads. The sole survivor was shot at but the gunmen missed. Motionless on the floor, he feigned death and walked out alive.
"There were bullets in front of his head that had missed him," the juror said.
The witness testified that Stricklin and Newman were the men behind the triggers. "When the attorneys tried to trip him up, he repeatedly said the same story. I really felt he was telling the truth."
After more than a week of testimony and almost eight hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict. "We came back with guilty on all seven counts for both men."
While the jury was convinced of the suspects' guilt, the member of the panel we spoke with said it was an emotional case. "When they read off the charges in the courtroom and we all walked back to the jury room, we all cried."
She said all of the jurors took this case very seriously and told us she would go into court every day mentally repeating, "innocent until proven guilty."
The question was answered Thursday. Stricklin and Newman face life in prison.