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Man convicted in deadly home invasion to be sentenced

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who took part in a 2005 home invasion robbery in Valencia Park that left two people dead is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday at the downtown courthouse.

Tamoyia Morris, 36, was convicted in a retrial this summer of the murders of Meico McGhee, 30, and Sacha Newbern, 25.

Jurors also found true special circumstance allegations that the November murders were carried out during the course of a robbery and burglary, making the defendant eligible for life imprisonment without parole.

Prosecutors said Morris and Michael Baraka Mason held a group of people captive in a house on Velma Terrace for at least five hours before the victims were forced into a bathtub and shot at close range.

Morris and Mason mistakenly believed a gang member had hidden money in the residence, prosecutors said.

In his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna told the jury that DNA on a door of the house was matched to Morris, and DNA on a cigarette linked Mason to the crime.

Defense attorney Stephen Cline, who represents Morris, countered that his client had no motive to take part in the crime.

The lawyer said the prosecution hadn't proved his client's presence beyond a reasonable doubt. The DNA could have been left at another time, he said, adding that Morris also "didn't run with the people involved" in the crime.

Mason was sentenced in April to nine life terms in prison without parole, plus more than 400 years, after being convicted of first-degree murder and other charges. Jurors couldn't reach verdicts for Morris, prompting the retrial.

Morris was convicted last year of murdering Galdino Villarreal and wounding Shaun Theobalds in December 1995. He was sentenced to 52 years to life in prison in that case.

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