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Sacramento County jury convicts brother, sister in death of tenant

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a brother and sister of second-degree murder in the death of a tenant during a dispute.

Monica Njoku, 45, and Monterio Roberts, 43, were found guilty Thursday. The jury also found that Roberts used a deadly weapon in killing Edward White.

Njoku owned a house that she rented to single parents with dependents. On Nov. 16, 2014, she demanded that one of her tenants and a baby immediately leave the house, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office statement. Another tenant, White, protested and told Njoku she had to give the tenant at least a three-day notice, which led to a heated argument.

Njoku called her brother, Roberts, and her sister-in-law to come to the house. Roberts threatened White, and Njoku began harassing the female tenant, authorities said. When White called 911, Njoku locked White’s 2-year-old son out of the house. Roberts then pulled out a switchblade knife and attacked White, and Njoku and her sister-in-law jumped into the fight.

White was stabbed three times in the torso and died at a hospital from internal bleeding.

Njoku and Roberts are to be sentenced Jan. 8 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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