Following six days of deliberation, a jury on Thursday found Quincy Norton guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 stabbing of his wife in the couple’s Daly City bedroom.
Norton, 33, leaned over to defense attorney Patricia Fox and asked, “What does this mean?” following the verdict, prosecutors said.
The four men and eight women also convicted Norton of the special circumstance of using a knife in the July 22, 2006, crime.
Charene Mack, the mother of victim Tamika Mack Norton, wept as two women led her outside. Other family members sobbed and hugged in the hallway.
“We’re kind of relieved but, really, we can’t bring her back,” said Ashley Kelly, Mack Norton’s niece. Kelly said family members had begun to worry when deliberations dragged into a second week.
Deputy District Attorney Al Giannini said Norton faces 26 years to life in prison when sentenced July 7.
Jurors told Giannini and Fox that the testimony of the Nortons’ two sons, 11-year-old Quincy Jr. and 9-year-old Dion, convinced them of Norton’s guilt. Both boys were in the next room at the time of the killing, prosecutors contend. Quincy Jr. testified that he heard his mother scream his and his brother’s names and saw his father standing over his mother as she lay on the bed the morning of the crime.
Fox said she still believes Norton is innocent and the boys were not remembering events correctly. She said she would argue for a new trial.