Guilty verdict in Kingsburg Shell station murder

November 6, 2012 12:39:38 AM PST
The man accused of killing his boss at a Kingsburg convenience store will be sentenced next month. He was found guilty of murder. The verdict against Maninder Kaila was announced late Monday afternoon.

Diane Franco said, "We the people in the above titled action find the defendant, Maninder Kaila, guilty of PC 187(A), first degree murder."

Jurors took about two hours to reach the guilty verdict against Kaila.

The store clerk admitted on the witness stand that he shot Parmajit "Paul" Singh, his boss and distant cousin. But he claimed he was provoked when Singh threatened him with a gun the night before at the store. Prosecutor Lynmarc Jenkins pointed out that the deadly shooting happened more than seven hours later.

The 56-year-old will serve a life sentence and because he used a gun, he won't be eligible for parole until he serves 50 years.