Jury convicts man in Citrus Heights pot murder

Published: Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 - 12:56 pm

A Sacramento Superior Court jury on Friday convicted Christoph Peter Ebert-Stallworth of second-degree murder for the Jan. 4, 2013, shooting death of Baron Seidel during a purported pot deal in Citrus Heights.

Ebert-Stallworth, 20, had been accused of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of attempted robbery, as well as a second count of attempted robbery. The jury did not find the special circumstance to be true and could not reach a verdict on the attempted robbery count.

Judge Allen H. Sumner scheduled Ebert-Stallworth’s sentencing for April 25. He is facing a term of 40 years to life on the murder conviction and for his use of a firearm in killing Seidel. He could have been sentenced to life with no chance of parole had the jury sustained the attempted robbery allegation.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith said in his trial brief that Ebert-Stallworth, who lived in Vallejo, drove from the Bay Area to meet Seidel in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in the 7800 block of Lichen Drive to buy marijuana from him.

The DA charged that Ebert-Stallworth tried to rob Seidel, but there was no exchange of money and the marijuana was left in the victim’s car, according to the trial brief.

Seidel’s father accompanied his son for the deal and was in the car when the shooting took place, according to the brief.

Defense attorney Charles Bauer argued that it was a case of imperfect self-defense and that his client only should have been convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

Call The Bee’s Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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