Jury returns guilty verdict in double murder case

Todric Deon McDonald (Police photo)
Todric Deon McDonald (Police photo)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 14, 2019 at 5:39 PM CST
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A Central Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a double murder case.

A jury found Todric Deon McDonald, 32, guilty Thursday evening.

McDonald was convicted of killing cousins Ulysses Gonzalez and Justin Javier Gonzalez at an apartment at 2600 Grimm Avenue in 2014.

Testimony started Tuesday in the case.

McDonald has been in custody in the McLennan County Jail for more than 1,730 days since his arrest on May 16, 2014.

Tony Olivarez, 42, also is charged in connection with the killings, prosecutors say, but was only named as a co-defendant in the case in 2017, in spite of the fact investigators considered him a suspect long before his indictment.

Olivarez remains in custody in the McLennan County Jail where he is held in lieu of bonds totaling $1.004 million, county jail records show.

His case, being heard in 54th District Court, is set for a hearing on Aug. 17, the court docket reflects.

Police were sent at about 4:30 a.m. May 13, 2014 to an apartment at 2600 Grim, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Officers first at the scene found two bodies inside one of the apartments.

A subsequent autopsy revealed both men died from gunshot wounds.