RICHMOND, AUG. 26 -- A jury late Saturday convicted a 16-year-old youth of three counts of capital murder in the deaths of three members of a suburban Henrico County family.
Eight men and four women deliberated slightly more than six hours before convicting Stevan E. Rea of 15 felonies in connection with the March 25 robbery and murder of Larry and Emily Walker and their 17-year-old son, Eddie.
The Henrico County Circuit Court jury will decide Monday whether to recommend a sentence of life in prison or death in the state's electric chair.
Not since 1916 has a 16-year-old been executed in Virginia.
Rea barely flinched when Judge James E. Kulp read the verdicts.
Throughout his six-day trial, Rea showed little emotion, seldom smiling and rarely reacting to the proceedings.
Chris Walker, 14, the other son of Larry and Emily Walker, said, "I say he got what he deserved."
Rea also faces three additional life terms plus 62 years on convictions of burglary with intent to commit murder or robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of breaking and entering, six counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and grand larceny of an automobile.
The jury will be sequestered until the sentencing.
Rea gave a statement to police about the shootings after his arrest March 31 and pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree murder.
Kulp refused to accept the pleas Friday and allowed prosecution to continue on the capital murder charges.
The Walkers' bodies were found inside their home March 26. Missing from the household were $307 and a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Larry Walker and driven by Eddie Walker.
Prosecutors contended that the shootings were part of a robbery in which Rea and three other teenagers were trying to find money and a car with which to run away from home.
Defense attorneys Craig S. Cooley and Henry A. Conner Jr. argued that no evidence supported the claim that Rea was the trigger man.
They contended that he merely was a participant in the scheme and that someone else fired the fatal shots.
They said his statement was made under pressure from police.