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Man Convicted of Murder with Special Circumstance

District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that Nathaniel Carter was convicted by jury of first degree murder and attempted robbery in the October 29, 2010 murder of Steven Carmassi. The jury also found true the special circumstance that the murder was committed in the course of an attempted robbery and that Carter personally discharged a firearm causing Carmassi's death.

Carter, along with co-defendants Latice Collins and DeJohng Taylor, attempted to rob Mr. Carmassi at gunpoint as he sat in his truck in the parking lot of a supermarket on Garfield Avenue. When Mr. Carmassi tried to drive away to escape the attempted robbery, Carter shot him in the left side of his chest through the open driver's side window.

Prior to jury selection, co-defendant Latice Collins pled guilty to first degree murder and attempted robbery. Collins will receive a sentence of 26 years to life in prison. Co-defendant DeJohng Taylor pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will receive a sentence of a maximum of 12 years in prison.

Carter faces a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for February 8, 2013 in Department 10 before the Honorable Greta Fall.