Samuel Pinney, 36, of Oklahoma, faces a possibility of life in prison after a Weld County jury convicted him Wednesday of a double homicide in Pierce.
For two and a half weeks, the jury listened to attorneys’ competing theories of fake drug deals that led to the deaths of 23-year-old Joshua Trae Foster and 22-year-old Zach Moore on Oct. 17, 2015. After more than a day of deliberation, jurors convicted Pinney of two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, second-degree arson, criminal mischief and two counts of abuse of a corpse.
After Foster and Moore were killed, Pinney took their bodies out to a rural road in Foster’s truck and set fire to the truck. Samantha Simmons, 27, followed Pinney so they could drive away from the burning truck. Simmons cooperated with prosecutors and testified last week.
On Tuesday, Colorado Public Defender James Merson argued that 24-year-old Jordan Johnson killed Moore and Foster. Johnson pleaded guilty in March to felony menacing.
Throughout the case, prosecutors Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn and Deputy District Attorney Arynn Clark maintained Pinney and his half-brother, Jack Larkin, shot Foster and Moore to death. Larkin is set for a nine-day jury trial beginning Sept. 4.
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