Jeffrey McCreary and Destin Lee Withers
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After a trial that lasted one month, a jury declared both Jeffrey McCreary and Destin Lee Withers guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Mayorama Denise Rodriguez, 20, more than two years ago.

The jury of ten men and two women deliberated three full days and came to their unanimous decisions late Friday, June 13. They began hearing evidence on May 12.

Withers and McCreary soon after their arrest in 2012

Withers and McCreary soon after their arrest in 2012

Each defendant took a turn in the witness box to claim that it was the other man who pulled the trigger four times to shoot the young woman with a 9mm handgun. Evidence suggested that the men became fed up with the woman’s loud wailing and drama and that she caused confrontations by making false claims of rape. Rodriguez’s body was found dumped at the side of a dead-end road in Escondido on February 1, 2012.

The jury found that it was McCreary who personally used a firearm and that he was a felon in possession of a firearm, two special allegations that were charged by prosecutor Jodi Breton.

"McCreary faces 100 to life and Withers faces 27 to life plus time for his meth sales case that was pending when he committed the murder," said Breton after the verdict was read.

Both McCreary, 43, and Withers, 38, have lengthy criminal records.

Judge Blaine Bowman set the date for sentencing on November 18 in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

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Visduh June 16, 2014 @ 8:45 p.m.

The jury got it right, as most juries do. Whoever pulled the trigger in this mess was not the important matter. They were both guilty, and the jury agreed. But it is most interesting to see how a number of months in the slammer made both of the defs so much more photogenic. Gee, McCreary looks as if he might be a middle-school librarian, not a run-of-the-mill tweaker and petty criminal. Withers, with his tattooed neck, isn't impressing anyone with his claims of innocence. Thanks for providing the photos of both of them, taken two years ago. Get these creeps out of circulation for a while, and they can almost be made up to look like regular folks. But we all know they aren't and never will be. Whew!

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