Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Found Guilty in Double-Murder Ambush; Phillips, 20, Faces Possibility of Death Penalty in Christmas Eve 2009 Killings

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Found Guilty in Double-Murder Ambush; Phillips, 20, Faces Possibility of Death Penalty in Christmas Eve 2009 Killings

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Byline: Charles Broward

A Jacksonville jury returned a guilty verdict Friday against a man who killed two Mexican men during a Christmas Eve 2009 robbery ambush at the victim's apartment unit.

Terrance Tyrone Phillips, 20, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, armed burglary, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy in the fatal shootings of 26-year-old Mateo H. Perez and 30-year-old Renaldo Antunez-Padilla.

Phillips faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Witnesses testified that it was Phillips who was armed with a pistol when he and his cousin, Antonio Lorenzo Baker, 22, rushed into the Mexcian men's Lighthouse Bay Apartments unit.

No one actually testified to seeing Phillips pull the trigger during a struggle that then took place. But Aurelio Salgado, a third roommate wounded when a beer bottle was smashed over his head, said he was being chased out of the apartment by Baker when he heard the gunshots.

Phillips and Baker were led there by two women, Barbara Ann Anders, 20, and Shanise Malayissa Bing, 19, prosecutors said. …

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