A man who was traveling through Maryland when he allegedly killed four people has been convicted by a jury on four counts of first-degree murder. The defendant, age 47, was accused of killing two women and two children in August 2010 after a failed search for drugs in an apartment. He could be sentenced to life without parole in connection with the violent crimes. The good news: Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty, as capital punishment has been abolished in the state.
The defendant was accused of killing the four victims after a cooler full of marijuana supposedly disappeared from their apartment. One of the women told the man that several intruders had made off with the drug cooler; the marijuana was never recovered. He had been traveling through the state from Texas and attempting to sell thousands of dollars worth of the drug. Authorities say that all four of the victims were shot "execution style" in an apartment in Lanham.