It's been an unusual inexplicable case from the beginning. A brutal crime with no apparent motive. A long investigation with little or no leads, and now, an emotional final day in court.
Joaquin Hill wasn't even in the courtroom for much of his trial, even as the jury found him guilty Thursday of the 2001 murder of Virginia Mosconi in her Verdi home. Hill listened along with the jury today as witnesses described a troubled life born to a schizophrenic father and a prostitute mother who herself was later the victim of a serial killer.
Then a youth and young manhood of frequent run-ins with the law. Violent, at times, suicidal behavior behind bars. Then he rose to address the jury and the Mosconi family. He said he wouldn't argue his innocence and he didn't ask for mercy. Instead he asked for the death penalty.