A man police say kidnapped a woman before killing her and her boyfriend in 2010 has been convicted of several charges, including first-degree murder.
Terrence McNeal, 21, was convicted Thursday of killing Tiffany Durst and Terence George. The verdict came down after a two-week trial in Arapahoe County District Court.
Police say McNeal masterminded the slayings because he believed Durst “snitched” on him in a 2008 burglary case. They say with the help of Janelle Harris and Tiera Homes, he kidnapped Durst, threw her in a trunk and strangled her in an Aurora field.
The trio then returned to Durst’s apartment and waited for her boyfriend, George, to return home.
When George walked in, McNeal killed him.
Prosecutors considered seeking the death penalty against McNeal, but announced last fall that they would not.
The first-degree murder convictions mean a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for McNeal.
Prosecutors charged the trio in April 2011, a few days after finding Durst’s body in a field near East Yale Avenue and South Chambers Road. Investigators had been searching for Durst since November when George was found slain in the couple’s apartment near East Mississippi Avenue and South Peoria Street.
Prosecutors said Harris and Homes cooperated with investigators. Homes took a plea deal last year and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Harris has not taken a plea deal, but prosecutors said in court they were working on one for her, too.