A Davidson County jury convicted Demeko “Meko” Duckworth on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of Clarence Goins and his cousin Asia Wade, Duckworth’s girlfriend and a mother of six.
The verdict came late Wednesday afternoon and found Duckworth guilty on those two counts as well as one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of employing a firearm, according to a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
Duckworth was charged with attempted murder for trying to kill his cellmate last November.
The case against Duckworth stated that on the night of July 19, 2010, Duckworth shot and killed Goins near Hillside Avenue. The next day her family found Wade dead behind a locked bedroom door in her home on Elizabeth Road.
She’d been stabbed nearly 50 times and strangled. Four of her children were also found unharmed in the home.
Police determined that Duckworth then drove Wade’s car to Arkansas and then Georgia, where he later surrendered to U.S. Marshals.
Each of the first-degree murder convictions carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 51 years in prison.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March to determine sentences on the other charges as well as whether the life sentences will run consecutively or concurrently.