It took jurors about 30 minutes Tuesday to convict a Tucson woman accused of orchestrating the beating death of her former boyfriend.
Sara Golden, 33, will receive a life sentence with or without the possibility of release when sentenced Jan. 28.
During Golden's trial, Deputy Pima County Attorney Lindsay St. John told jurors that Jerry Lewis, 30, took a cab to Golden's house on the morning of Nov. 21, 2010, because she told him she had broken up with Scott Mediz and wanted to reunite.
After he walked in the house near South Kino Parkway and East 36th Street, Lewis was duct-taped and beaten into unconsciousness. He was stuffed into the back of a Mazda hatchback and, a forensic pathologist testified at trial, Lewis died of positional asphyxiation.
St. John replayed phone messages Golden left for friends in the early-morning hours offering them drugs and money if they would bring Lewis to her home so she and Mediz could kill him. She claimed Lewis had molested a family member. St. John also showed jurors similar text messages.
Assistant Legal Defender George Erickson said Golden did not intend for Lewis to die that day. Whatever plan she had ended when Mediz stopped beating Lewis, Erickson said.
Erickson asked the jurors to consider a less-serious charge than first-degree murder, possibly second-degree murder or negligent homicide.
The jury convicted Golden of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Mediz, 33, was sentenced to a no-parole life sentence in the case in October after a jury trial.
During his trial, jurors saw two videotaped interviews with Golden's 6-year-old daughter. In the first video, taken hours after the slaying, the girl said she saw Lewis going to sleep after Mediz hit him, Mediz cleaning up blood and then wrapping Lewis in a blanket and putting him in the car.
St. John was not allowed to show either videotape to jurors during Golden's trial.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Michael Miller presided over both trials.
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