It did not take long for jurors to find David Mills guilty of killing three people and trying to kill another after a simmering feud exploded into a shooting spree seven years ago.
After the equivalent of two days, the jury found Mills guilty of killing James Martin, 28, Dale Griffin, 36, and Rebecca Martinez, 22, in 2005 as the three sat in a car in front of Mills' father's house in East Oakland.
Mills, according to the testimony, then turned a 9 mm handgun on Elizabeth Martinez, Rebecca's sister and the sole survivor of the attack, who identified Mills as the shooter.
During the trial, deputy District Attorney James Meehan accused Mills of shooting the group because he did not get along with Griffin, Rebecca Martinez's longtime boyfriend. Griffin was killed instantly with a bullet to the back of his head.
Meehan said the killings were calculated and conducted by Mills in a calm, systematic fashion as he walked behind the car, fired a bullet into Griffin's head and then "firing as he walked in a clockwise fashion around the car." A total of 10 shots were fired.
Mills' defense attorney, William DuBois, agreed that the crime scene was horrific but said his client was not the shooter.
DuBois argued that Elizabeth Martinez's memory of what happened was not valid because she was going through withdrawal after getting high on heroin hours before the shooting.
After the verdict, Deborah Martinez, mother of Rebecca and
"Elizabeth has had nothing but faith that he would be found guilty," Deborah Martinez said. "I'm just in shock right now."
James Martin's sisters helped their petite mother from the courtroom to the elevator after the hearing finished and the jurors had filed past Mills on their way out of the room, Most looked down at the ground or into the distance.
The same jurors will return to court July 9 to hear testimony and decide whether Mills should serve life in prison or face execution.
His is the sole pending death penalty case in Alameda County.
Mills, wearing glasses and a short ponytail fastened by a several rows of rubber bands, moved little during the several minutes it took to read the verdict aloud. He cocked his head to the right but his hands were either on the table or on his lap.
The jury found him guilty of all seven counts against him, including the three murders, the attempted murder of Elizabeth Martinez, as well as the fatal shooting of a dog and the wounding of another canine that were in the car.
During the penalty phrase, Meehan will present testimony from a 1997 case for which Mills pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was on parole when the 2005 shooting happened.