The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the case of a Los Angeles man convicted of murdering a clerk at a Los Feliz gas station and the owner of a Mar Vista medical marijuana dispensary during robberies that were carried out one day apart and caught on video.

Kayshon Moody is serving two consecutive life prison terms without possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of M.D. Mizu Rahman, 34, at a Chevron station in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue on Jan. 17, 2017, and Ovik Oganesyan, 50, at a medical marijuana dispensary at 12480 W. Venice Blvd. the next day.

Jurors found Moody guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, along with three counts of second-degree robbery involving the murder victims and a separate robbery at a fast-food restaurant shortly before Rahman’s slaying.

The panel also found true special-circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a robbery and multiple murders, along with finding gun allegations true.

In a June 19 ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found that there was “overwhelming evidence” that Moody was guilty of first-degree murder. The appellate court justices noted that “the videos clearly showed Moody committing robberies and murders” and that “the evidence showed premeditation as well.”

“His arrival at the crime scenes, armed with a loaded gun suggested pre-planning,” the panel found in its 29-page ruling, adding that neither of the victims resisted him and that there was no evidence that he shot in a panic.

Co-defendant James A. Eastland was indicted with Moody for Oganesyan’s killing, and pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges involving that killing and a separate robbery. He testified on behalf of the prosecution in Moody’s trial and was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.

DNA evidence from a soda cup lid found at the scene of Rahman’s killing and on a 9mm Beretta — the murder weapon that was found in the driver’s side pocket of the Nissan Versa that Moody was driving when he and Eastland were arrested — linked Moody to the killings, Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said.

Moody’s driver’s license — which was seen falling from his hands in the surveillance video at the marijuana dispensary — was left at the scene, the prosecutor said, telling jurors there was a “mountain of evidence in this case.”

Slverman told jurors that no mercy was shown to the victims, who were “taken by surprise” and each shot in the back in acts of “gratuitous” violence even though they were “compliant” and “submissive.”

In a statement read in court on her behalf by a family member at Moody’s sentencing, Oganesyan’s widow, Armik Iskandaryan, wrote that attending the court proceedings had given her “somewhat of the closure I need.”

“I never got to say goodbye to him. That was taken away from me. Instead, I sat in this room watching videos of him being shot, seeing images that have forever changed me, and then was forced to go home and not have my husband to talk to,” she wrote, noting that the couple would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2018. “My husband, the father of my children and the love of my life, is not here with me today because he was ruthlessly shot.”

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