Monica McCarrick, convicted of murdering her twin daughters
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FAIRFIELD, Calif. —
A Fairfield woman was facing life in prison without parole Wednesday after a jury found her to be sane when she killed her twin daughters with a sword back in October 2010.
A Solano County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found that Monica McCarrick, 29, was legally sane when she used a samurai sword to kill the 3-year-old twins, Tori and Lily Ball, on Oct. 10, 2010, according to the Solano County District Attorney's Office.
Her daughters were found dead multiple stab and slash wounds near the door of McCarrick's burning apartment.
Fairfield police said McCarrick had tried to commit suicide after the killings by cutting herself and lighting fire to her third-floor apartment.
In court, McCarrick had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
The jury convicted McCarrick on June 15 of two counts each of first-degree murder and assault on a child causing death.
During the trial, three doctors testified that McCarrick was legally insane the night of the murders, but the prosecution countered their testimonies by highlighting McCarrick’s history of methamphetamine use, which she admitted to using on a daily basis for years and as recently as three days before the incident to psychologists, according to reports.
California law states that defendants can no qualify for an insanity plea when tried for crimes committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On Tuesday, the jury rejected McCarrick’s insanity plea and she was scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 6.
Prior to her conviction, the Solano County District Attorney refused to seek the death penalty for McCarrick, leaving the maximum sentence of life in prison. Because she was convicted of multiple murders, it was predicted that she would be denied the possibility of parole.
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