BROOKSVILLE, Florida. – A Florida man faces the death penalty for the fatal shootings of three members of the family and injuring another.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hernando County jury on Wednesday a 46-year-old George Mason III guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree murder. The panel will Monday meet again to decide whether or not Mason should receive life in prison or execution.
Authorities say that Mason went to a Brooksville home in August 2014 and killed his girlfriend, a 37-year-old Tarasha Yata Townsend, his grandmother, 81-year-old Jannie Taylor, and his half-brother, Ralph Peyton.
Researchers say that Mason chased his 33-year-old half-brother, Gabriel Taylor, and shot him multiple times. A passing truck then hit Mason, who was admitted to the hospital with broken bones before he was charged.
Investigators never determined a motive for the shooting.
Information: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.