Man Who Shot And Set His Girlfriend On Fire In Front Of Her Children Gets Death Penalty

| by Dominic Kelly

A jury has decided that a California man who shot his girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her children should be sentenced to death for the gruesome murder.

Back in February 2011, 41-year-old Tyrone Harts brutally murdered his girlfriend in front of her children. According to reports, Brandi Morales’s six children lived in the home with her and Harts, but on the night in question, Harts hadn’t been living there for weeks after the couple separated.

The man allegedly called the house and spoke to one of Morales’ sons, asking them to leave the door open for him. Late in the night, two of the children awoke to their mother screaming, and when one of the older boys went to grab a knife to protect her, Harts fired at him to get him out of the room.

Disgustingly, the four youngest children were then forced to watch Harts light their mother on fire after he had already shot her. Police say that the children attempted to put the fire out with cups of water, but it was too late. When police arrived, Morales was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harts was convicted of one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, five count of child endangerment, and one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun. Now, the same jury has recommended that Harts receive the death penalty, and on January 30, Harts will be back in court to be formally sentenced.

Sources: NBC Philadelphia, KTLA / Photo Sources: KTLA, NBC Philadelphia