Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber.

A man was convicted Thursday of murdering a housemate with whom he had argued over a $10 Internet bill, and with trying to kill her boyfriend, who survived two gunshot wounds.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about a day before finding Kenneth Theodrick Parks, 57, guilty of first-degree murder for the April 14, 2014, killing of Terri Smith, 42, who was shot once in the back at a home in the Hyde Park area.

Parks also was convicted of the attempted murder of the woman’s boyfriend, and jurors found that he had personally discharged a handgun and inflicted great bodily injury on the man.

The six-man, six-woman panel acquitted Parks of two counts of attempted murder and the lesser counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter involving the woman’s 11-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son, who were not wounded.

During a 911 call, the woman’s daughter identified Parks as the gunman and pleaded for help for her mother, according to Deputy District Attorney Joshua Ritter.

Parks was arrested the same day after locking himself inside his bedroom at the home, according to the prosecutor.

Parks is facing a potential life prison term, with sentencing set for Oct. 1.

— City News Service 

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