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Murder conviction for Ceres man

POSTED September 25, 2009 11:44 p.m.
A shoot-out in a Ceres apartment led to the conviction of a Ceres man on two counts of murder.
A Stanislaus County jury found Timothy Carrillo, 35, guilty on two counts of murder and discharging a firearm during the commission of an offense.
The verdict was announced Friday after a month-and-a-half long trial.
The case arose out of events that happened on April 25, 2007. According to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, Carrillo went to his cousin’s apartment in Ceres armed with a handgun, with the intention of confronting the cousin’s boyfriend, Pete Garcia, about allegations that he beat Carrillo’s cousin.
Around 4 a.m., Carrillo knocked on a window and the pair came out of a bedroom and opened the door. According to the prosecution, the cousin told Carrillo to leave, but he refused.
Garcia also came to the door armed and the two men opened fire upon one another.
Garcia shot Carrillo twice before he was struck by a bullet and killed. Carrillo also was found guilty of shooting to death an overnight guest, who was on the couch when the shoot-out started.
The district attorney’s office said there was no definitive answer as to who fired first, but the evidence “strongly pointed to a simultaneous outburst of gunfire.”
Carrillo is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 18.

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