A West Covina man was convicted Monday of murdering his wife’s parents, who had traveled from China to visit their daughter and grandchildren.
Jurors deliberated for about three hours before finding Caminero Wang guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. The panel also found true a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders against Wang, who is expected to be sentenced Nov. 8 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Wang, 45, has been held without bail since the April 13, 2016, shooting deaths of Aiping Diao and Shu Zhang, who were both 60 years old.
Officers went to the family’s condominium in the 1300 block of East Oahu Avenue about 8:30 p.m. that day on a report of several gunshots and “the sounds of children screaming,” police said.
Wang opened the door to officers and surrendered without incident. Police found the victims dead of gunshot wounds and three youngsters — ages 3, 6 and 8 — hiding in a bathroom.
Authorities said Wang’s wife was at work at the time of the attack.
Wang had previously threatened his wife’s life and the lives of her parents, according to Deputy District Attorney Kelsey McKeever-Unger.
He was arrested in March 2013 on suspicion of domestic violence, and El Monte police found 23 guns in a search of his home. The stash of weapons included a fully automatic M-16 rifle and a semi-automatic Chinese-made copy of an Ak-47 rifle called a Mak-90.
Wang was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to possessing an assault weapon and successfully petitioned the court for early termination of his probation in 2014, according to the District Attorney’s Office.