Man convicted in murder of elderly Cerritos couple

NORWALK - A Carson man was convicted last Friday for the 2004 double murder of an elderly Cerritos couple.Anthony Deondrea Cain, 34, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, said Islam Ramadan, a deputy district attorney. Cain was also convicted of two counts of residential robbery and one count of residential burglary. Jurors also found true special circumstances that the murders were done in the commission of a robbery and that Cain used a deadly and dangerous weapon, scissors. Cain faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The jury began deliberating the penalty phase this week. Ernestine and Lamar Matthews, both 75, were found slain in their home on Feb. 11, 2004. Sheriff's deputies arrested Cain, a relative by marriage, days after the murders. Ernestine Matthews was a former teacher for the Compton Unified School District. Her husband was a retired probation officer. ********** Published: November 6, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 29