MARTINEZ, Calif. (CBS/AP) Two men charged in the killing of a PC World magazine editor and pistol-whipping his wife during a home-invasion robbery have been convicted, and a third defendant faces a new trial.
A jury found 27-year-old Darryl Hudson guilty of murder, robbery and other charges for the slaying of Rex Farrance in his Pittsburg home in January 2007.
The 59-year-old Farrance was shot in the chest after Hudson and two others burst into his house with facemasks and demanded money. Authorities say a large quantity of marijuana was found at the home. The drugs may have been why Farrance was targeted, according to a Contra Costa Times article, which said Farrance grew marijuana for medicinal purposes but may have shared it with others.
Another defendant, 27-year-old Tremaine Amo, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for testifying against the other two.
A mistrial was declared in the trial of the third defendant, 25-year-old Montrell Hall, after jurors failed to reach a verdict. The judge in the case found that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked.
Farrance was a senior technical editor at PC World magazine in San Francisco.
Our CBS Affiliate KPIX San Francisco has a history of the case.