MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa County jury Tuesday convicted a 51-year-old man of second-degree murder, and his son of voluntary manslaughter, for the 2009 shooting of a 20-year-old Richmond man in the unincorporated West Contra Costa area of Tara Hills.
The jury deliberated for about six days before returning guilty verdicts against Charles "Mike" Titlow and his 24-year-old son, Charles "Chuck" Titlow, in connection with the Aug. 19, 2009, slaying of Ricardo Colina, a former Pinole Valley High School classmate of Chuck Titlow.
Mike Titlow shot Colina in the neck from inside his truck as Colina and Chuck Titlow were fighting outside at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Tara Hills Drive, deputy district attorney Mary Knox said. Chuck Titlow was also convicted Tuesday of being an accessory to murder after the fact for disposing of the murder weapon for his father, the prosecutor said.
Chuck Titlow chased down Colina to fight the day after a road rage confrontation in which he rammed Colina's car twice with his truck and tried to run over Colina. He summoned several of his friends and his father to the intersection once he tracked down Colina.
A defense attorney argued that Chuck Titlow never expected anyone would bring a gun to the confrontation. His father's attorney argued that the prosecution did not have the evidence to prove Mike Titlow was the shooter.
"It's so gratifying to bring some justice to the Colina family
The Titlows are scheduled to be sentenced April 26. Mike Titlow is facing 40 years to life in state prison, and his son is facing 11 years and eight months, according to Knox.
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