LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Jurors have recommended the death penalty for a man who strangled two women and a 15-year-old girl between 1986 and 1993.

Michael Hughes, 54, is already serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole, for an earlier conviction in four other murders.

DNA evidence “conclusively” linked Hughes to the strangulation murders of Yvonne Coleman, Verna Williams, Deanna Wilson and Deborah Jackson, who were killed between 1986 and 1993, according to Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.

The first witness to testify, ex-water treatment plant inspector Jimmy Lobato, explained how he came across the body of 15-year-old Coleman near a barbecue pit in an Inglewood park on Jan. 22, 1986.

Jurors were shown graphic black-and-white slides of the victims’ nude bodies, their legs spread apart, posed to shock whoever stumbled across them.

In Coleman’s case, Silverman contends Hughes placed one of the dead girl’s hands between her legs to further upset whoever discovered her.

Lobato said he placed newspapers over the girl’s body to preserve the victim’s “dignity” and protect elementary school students who were walking nearby.

Lobato testified that “the sight is etched in my memory” and will “haunt me for the rest of my life.”

The victim “was just a young, precious girl,” Lobato said, adding that he was “just heartbroken” about what happened to her.

Hughes is scheduled to be sentenced March 30.


Comments (5)
  1. Antwan Smith says:

    My name is antwan smith and at the age of 10 years old I was awakened by screaming and shouting coming from my family members with the news that my mother had been found dead, just steps from our back door. Not believing this information, I ran outside and stumbled upon my mothers lifeless nude body. Up until today these memories continued to haunt me. I was very satisfied to hear that this monster was going to be put out of his misery! And would never harm again. I would like thank Deputy District Atty Beth Silverman and her team for all their relentless efforts in giving this man exactly what he has deserved from day 1. Thank You.

  2. wg//af says:


    You’re a puS$y dumbf**k coward, wannabe poseur with your daddy’s balls up your aS$, with nothing to say as usual. P.O.S. Chickesh!t.

    1. GROWAPAIR IS A PUS$Y says:

      Where you been GROWAPAIR, hiding behind your computer with your daddy’s balls doing extra time up your ass, chickensh!t puS$y dumbf**k “wg//af” wannabe poseur? We see you stopped by to say the stupid sh!t you’re famous for, lame ass puS$y loser.

    2. MIKEY IS A PUS$Y says:

      All you can do do is hijack screen names and copy what’s said, anything else exposes you as the chickensh!t pu$Sy dumbf**k wannabe that everyone, especially me, called a puS$y aS$hat.

  3. jimmy says:

    Corrupt, coward wg//af, up//yours and GROWAPAIR uses his daddy’s balls to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.
    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.
    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.

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