Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Garden Grove man accused of executing a Costa Mesa man and his co-worker during a robbery last year in Stanton.
Because of the seriousness of the alleged crime, and the nature of the slayings, a panel of Orange County district attorney prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hilbert Pineil Thomas, 39.
Thomas is accused of shooting, execution-style, Costa Mesa resident Matthew Francis Scott, 42, and his coworker Elizabeth Ann Palmer, 50, of Fountain Valley, on Feb. 2, 2010 at Golden Sun Homes in Stanton.
Scott's father owns the business, which sells manufactured homes.
The morning of the killings, Thomas walked his niece to her nearby school and on the way, passed Golden Sun Homes and saw Palmer's parked white, 2004 Lexus GS300, prosecutors assert.
Authorities argue sometime soon after that, Thomas decided to steal the car, walked into the Golden Sun Homes front office and immediately shot both Palmer and Scott in the head.