Marcus Landrum (Jail photo)
WACO (August 1, 2013)—A Waco district court jury Thursday returned a guilty verdict in the capital murder trial of Marcus Jerome Landrum, 32, who was charged in the brutal Jan. 22, 2011 of Santiago Gonzalez, 70.
Prosecutors weren’t seeking the death penalty so Landrum was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
An apartment manager found Gonzalez's body inside a home in the River Park Apartments, in the 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Boulevard after a neighbor called to say the man hadn't been seen for several days.
Gonzalez, 70, suffered 26 stab wounds and incisions to the head, chest and back and his dog was found impaled on an ornamental sword.
The victim’s car, which was stolen, was found abandoned the day before the body was found.
Police later arrested Landrum at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he was visiting a relative, after receiving a tip from a caller who recognized him from a local news station's broadcast.