By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Indicted on two counts of murder with special circumstances, Hilbert Pineil Thomas’s pre-trial is set for February 4, 2011 with a trial by jury set for April 18, 2011.
Thomas, 39, is a Garden Grove resident who was apprehended in Anaheim. Thomas is being indicted as the defendant of a double homicide that took place in Stanton on Feb. 2, 2009.
On that date, Thomas is accused of walking into the Golden Sun Homes, at 12331 Beach Blvd. between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. shooting, execution style, Matthew Francis Scott, a sales associate and son of the owner, and Elizabeth Ann Palmer, the secretary.
The victims were found behind Palmer’s desk by Scott’s father at around 10:20 a.m. Thomas is then accused of leaving the scene in Palmer’s Lexus GS 300 sedan, which became the key item in the investigation.
Thomas was apprehended in October, after authorities located his car parked at the El Dorado Inn on Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim. After a watching the complex, police searched his apartment and car on Oct. 28, 2009 and located a gun that was later tested as a match to the weapon used in the murder.
Thomas had been driving the car for six months, which authorities say is highly unusual.
A press release from the District Attorney states that Thomas faces sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.
If convicted on all counts, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The special circumstances in this case also make Thomas eligible for the death penalty. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.