MARTINEZ — An Oakley man has been discovered responsible of murdering his buddy as they argued and fought in his bed room, wrapping up a trial that noticed testimony from each the defendant and the lady on the heart of the battle.
Billy Cole, 33, was convicted of second-degree homicide and a firearm enhancement within the loss of life of 35-year-old Rommell Hernandez. The jury verdict was reached only one 12 months and 11 months to the day after Cole shot and killed Hernandez contained in the bed room of his Oakley house, an act that was caught on an inside safety digicam and left jurors with little to dispute about what occurred main as much as the capturing.
Cole faces 40 years to life in jail. His sentencing date has not but been set.
Cole’s lawyer argued the capturing was self-defense. Cole and Hernandez had argued and fought as Cole tried to eject Hernandez from his house, resulting in Hernandez capturing Cole within the hand as they struggled over Cole’s gun only a minute or two earlier than the capturing. On the precise second Hernandez was shot, he was holding Cole’s bed room door closed and Cole fired from a hallway on the opposite aspect of the door, putting his buddy within the chest.
The sordid story behind the capturing comprised grief, home violence, infidelity and mutual emotions of betrayal. Cole’s mom had just lately died and Hernandez, a Sacramento resident, supplied to come back by and stick with Cole for help, together with Hernandez’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Anastashia Wilfong. However days after arriving there, Hernandez allegedly beat Wilfong, resulting in his arrest on home violence fees.
Hernandez spent a number of days in jail. Throughout that point, Wilfong offered his automobile, continued to stick with Cole and ultimately the 2 began sleeping collectively. Hernandez was launched from jail after three days and took a bus after which walked again to Oakley to search out Wilfong. He confirmed up at Cole’s Oakley house on the early morning of March 2, 2022.
Cole, who testified he was excessive on methamphetamine and different medicine, lied to Hernandez, telling him that Wilfong wasn’t there. As she hid from Hernandez in a rest room, Cole led Hernandez across the house and his property, ostensibly to display Wilfong was gone. However then Hernandez discovered her, and issues rapidly escalated.
What occurred subsequent was captured on Cole’s inside house safety digicam. He and Wilfong loudly advised Hernandez to depart, however Hernandez refused, resulting in a bodily confrontation.
On the witness stand in his homicide trial, Cole mentioned that he fired by means of the door as a result of Hernandez and Wilfong had been alone within the bed room and he was afraid Hernandez would assault her. He mentioned through the search, Hernandez was “very matter-of-factly” threatening to kill him if he discovered Wilfong.
After capturing Hernandez, Cole and Wilfong mentioned methods to eliminate his physique, together with burning it “to the bone.” Wilfong earlier pleaded no contest to accent and was sentenced to 78 days in jail.
In some unspecified time in the future, Cole stared instantly into his safety digicam, apparently realizing that all the things he’d finished had been captured on video. He quietly uttered a profanity, grabbed the digicam and threw it right into a bush within the yard.