Guilty Verdict in Dunkin' Donuts Murder Trial - NBC 6 South Florida

Guilty Verdict in Dunkin' Donuts Murder Trial



    A jury found James Herard guilty of 18 criminal charges including two counts of first-degree murder. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo has the story. (Published Friday, May 16, 2014)

    A South Florida man is facing the death penalty after he was found guilty Friday in the murder of two people during a string of Dunkin' Donuts robberies in 2008.

    James Herard, 24, was convicted on 18 of 19 counts by a jury in Fort Lauderdale Friday following two and a half days of deliberations. He now faces the death penalty at sentencing, scheduled for June 3.

    "We're totally focused on trying to save this person's life," Herard's attorney, Mitch Polay, said after the verdict was given.

    Authorities said Herard was part of a group that killed Eric Jean Pierre on Nov. 14, 2008 in Broward. Days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Kiem Huynh was also murdered.

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    Herard had already been given nine life sentences by a Palm Beach County judge related to the violent robberies, done when Herard was just 19 years old.

    Herard made national news when he barked like a dog during an appearance before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley.