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Man found guilty of claw hammer deaths in Vegas

A jury has found a California man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 beating deaths of two people with a claw hammer.
/ Source: KSNV

A jury has found a California man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 beating deaths of two people with a claw hammer.

The Clark County District Court jury deliberated for about four hours before returning the verdict late Friday night against 42-year-old Thomas Richardson of Riverside.

Richardson was convicted of murdering Steven Folker and his 91-year-old grandmother, Estelle Feldman.

Authorities say Richardson came to Las Vegas over the 2005 Labor Day weekend with his girlfriend's teenage son, Robert Denhart, with a plan to rob and kill Folker, who was staying with his grandmother.

Denhart in July pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case, and testified against Richardson. Jurors will begin hearing the penalty phase of the trial Monday.

Richardson could receive the death penalty.

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