An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted a father today of murdering his 4-year-old son by drowning him in a bathtub.
The jury will now consider whether Gideon Walter Omondi was insane at the time of the Sept. 10, 2006, killing. Jurors begin deliberations in the trial’s sanity phase Wednesday morning.
Omondi, 36, held his son â€“ Richie â€“ under water for three to five minutes until he drowned.
Omondi, who was living in Fullerton on a student visit from his native Kenya while attending Cal State Fullerton, then placed his son’s body in bed, then drove to the Fullerton Police Department and confessed to the crime, according to prosecutor Steve McGreevy.
During the trial, Omondi’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Mark Brown, said his client suffers from a mental illness â€“ and was distraught over a custody battle with the boy’s mother. Brown also told jurors that Omondi did not know his act was wrong.
If jurors decide Omondi is sane, he faces a 25-year to life term in prison. But if jurors deem he was insane at the time of the crime, Omondi will likely be sent to a state mental hospital.
Omondi also was convicted today of attempting to murder his son nine months earlier by putting him in the trunk of his BMW near Bakersfield â€“ and climbing in with him â€“ after dousing it with gasoline in preparation for setting it on fire. SOURCE: OC REGSITER
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