SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Loma Linda man who fatally shot his estranged younger brother was convicted of first-degree murder Monday
A jury will now decide whether Jason Douglas Paris was insane when he killed 42-year-old Cedric Paris the night of Jan. 17, 2015.
The defendant, now 45, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if jurors find he was sane at the time he killed the victim, who was 15
months his junior. If the defendant is found insane, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental hospital.
Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto told the jury that Paris planned to kill his brother because he thought everybody in the family was out to get him.
Coto said the defendant bought a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in September 2014 and went to a gun range twice to shoot at human targets before
driving to Allied Gardens the night of the murder.
The defendant told his roommate's daughter, ``I've got some business to take care of,'' then drove around his brother's neighborhood for hours before
knocking on his front door about 9:45 p.m., the prosecutor told the jury.
The defendant asked his brother to come outside. He shot him four times at close range after retrieving his gun from his SUV, then drove off, the prosecutor said.
The victim's wife called 911 after finding her husband's body in the front yard.
The defendant was pulled over on northbound Interstate 15 near Scripps Ranch. At police headquarters, he told detectives that he became upset when his younger brother -- who he thought was supposed to look after him -- became involved with his future wife, Janeth, Coto said.
Deputy Public Defender Whitney Antrim told jurors that her client -- who was diagnosed in 1994 was a form of schizophrenia -- believed his brother was
a demon and, in his mind, had ``no choice'' but to kill him.
When he was off his medications, he had the ``deranged and delusional'' belief that his brother was a demonic figure and that there was ``no other way
out'' but to kill him, the defense attorney said.
Janeth Paris said she and her husband hadn't seen the defendant in two years when he showed up at their home that night.
Opening statements in the sanity phase of trial are scheduled Wednesday.
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