SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A south Sacramento man who shot two people to death and then dumped their bodies in trash cans was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday.
Douglas Elmore, 27, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced May 18, accordind go the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Elmore woke up early the morning of Oct. 11, 2009, walked into the living room and shot Shawn Cope, 24, and Tammy Robbins, 23, in the head as they slept on the floor. Elmore then meticulously covered up the evidence of the crime and placed the victims’ bodies in trash cans in the backyard, where they remained undetected for 12 days.
Robbins’ body was found when a person who had moved into the house dumped the trash in a nearby field and her body rolled out. Cope’s body was found in still in a trash can behind the house.
Elmore was sharing the home on 39th Street with his mother, both victims and Robbins’ mother.
Elmore’s mother told sheriff’s detectives she saw Elmore leave the bedroom early that morning, heard gunshots shortly thereafter, and then found the victims lying dead with her son holding a pistol staring out a nearby window. His mother did not tell anyone what she had witnessed until after the bodies were discovered.
During the trial, she recanted her statements to detectives, saying it was all a hallucination.
A motive for the killings was never revealed.