BROCKTON (CBS/AP) – A jury found a Brockton man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in two racially motivated killings.
Keith Luke, 26, was surrounded by court officers and showed no emotion as the verdicts were read in Brockton Superior Court.
He was also convicted of rape, attempted murder, kidnapping and armed home invasion.
The jury needed just one day to reach their verdicts.
Luke faces an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole on the two counts of first-degree murder.
Luke, who once showed up in court with a swastika carved into his forehead, was convicted of shooting and killing a 20-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man in January 2009. He allegedly told police he wanted to kill “nonwhites.” His victims were of Cape Verdean descent.
Luke’s lawyer said in closings Wednesday that his client has history of mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia, and is not criminally responsible.
The prosecutor said it was not mental disease that caused Luke to kill. He said experts found no psychosis and the killings were carefully planned.
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