California man convicted in robbery-murder of marijuana dispensary worker – East Bay Times

A Long Beach man was convicted of murder Thursday for his role in the robbery-killing of a marijuana dispensary worker who was transporting tens of thousands of dollars in cash in Santa Ana.

An Orange County Superior Court jury deliberated for more than a day before finding Antonio Lamont Triplett, 51, guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the Sept. 16, 2019 slaying of 29-year-old Osvaldo Garcia, who was run off a roadway, shot multiple times, pistol-whipped and beaten at the Santa Ana College campus.

Triplett — who allegedly carried out the fatal robbery with co-defendants John Taylor and Ryan Jones — was not accused of actually shooting Garcia or driving the vehicle that forced Garcia off the road. But he was accused of being at the scene of the shooting and serving as the “bag man” who ran off with Garcia’s backpack filled with cash, and Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney argued to jurors that guilt for Garcia’s death extended beyond the person who actually pulled the trigger.

“When Osvaldo is dying, he is looking for his bag of money,” the prosecutor said of Triplett during his closing arguments. “This isn’t ‘We are going to ask for the money

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