Death penalty verdict returned in 2007 Home Depot killing
A jury has returned a death-penalty verdict for a man found guilty of murder while committing a 2007 robbery at a Home Depot in Tustin, authorities said Wednesday.
Jason Russell Richardson, 40, entered the store disguised as a painter and shot store manager Thomas Egan in the stomach after demanding money from a safe, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
Egan was slain as he was trying to discourage Richardson from robbing or hurting anyone, prosecutors said. Richardson fled with $500.
At the time, Richardson was on parole for a 2002 spousal abuse conviction. He had a string of convictions that included rape, sexual assault on a child, grand theft burglary, narcotics and possession of stolen property, police said.
Two previous juries this year and last year were unable to reach a verdict regarding the death penalty. Richardson is scheduled to be formally sentenced Nov. 18 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Jason Russell Richardson. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office