OAKLAND -- A 19-year-old Oakland man was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of murder for killing two gang rivals at the city's Acorn public housing development two years ago.
Nicholas Harris, who was also found guilty of two felony enhancements for using a firearm causing death, now faces 100 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson in September.
A jury of seven men and five women took less than a day to find Harris guilty of killing Nario Jackson, 18 and Edward Hampton, 17, as the pair sat in a blue Jaguar in front of the city's Acorn public housing development in the 1000 block of Eighth Street in West Oakland.
The case was largely focused on testimony of two witnesses to the shooting and hours of secretly recorded telephone conversations Harris made from jail to friends and his mother. In those calls, Harris was recorded talking about getting rid of the handgun used in the murders and asking his mother to ensure, among other things, that she packed the courtroom with his supporters to intimidate witnesses.
Deputy district attorney Charles Wilson argued Monday that the evidence collected against Harris was "overwhelming" and that the jail calls showed Harris, who was 17 at the time of the murders, was guilty because he was attempting to hide evidence and intimidate witnesses.