Bay City News Service
A Solano County jury this afternoon convicted a Fairfield mother of the first-degree murders of her twin daughters in their apartment in 2010.
The jury also convicted Monica McCarrick, 29, of two counts of child abuse causing death, Solano County Deputy District Attorney Courtney Anderson said.
Neither the prosecutor in the case, Terry Ray, nor McCarrick's attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender Elena D'Agustino, were available for comment late this afternoon.
McCarrick pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. A trial begins Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court to determine if she was insane at the time of the Oct. 10, 2010 slayings.
McCarrick's twin 3-year-old girls, Tori Ball and Lily Ball, were found dead in their mother's burning apartment. They died of multiple stab and cutting wounds from a samurai sword.
Fairfield police said McCarrick then tried to commit suicide by cutting herself and burning her third-floor apartment at the Summit at Paradise Valley complex at 3001 N. Texas Street.
Attorneys presented closing arguments earlier today before the jury began deliberations.