Jurors recommend death for former Randle couple


by By ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 1:20 PM

Video: Jurors recommend death for former Randle couple

RIVERSIDE, Cal. - In front of a tearful courtroom, two juries recommended the death penalty for Raul Ricardo Sarinana and his wife Cathy Lynn Sarinana for the brutal murder of their 11-year-old nephew Ricky Morales.

It's believed they also killed his 13-year-old brother Conrad.

"I'm very happy with the verdict, very happy, they deserve it," said the boys' mother, Rosa Sarinana outside the courtroom.

The couple lived with the boys for about a year in Randle, Washington, which is where authorities believe Conrad was killed.

"We have evidence the 13-year-old may have been tragically killed here in Lewis County," said Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

On October 8, 2005, the couple reported 13-year-old Conrad missing, possibly a runaway. The next day, the couple moved with the younger brother to Corona, California. On December 26, the 11-year-old was found in the home tortured to death. The next day, 13-year-old Conrad's body was found murdered as well. He was found encased in concrete in a carport.

Both boys were abused and tortured. Blood was found all over the Corona home.

The boys' mother says her brother asked if the boys could stay with them.

"My boys didn't deserve that. They were good boys. They were very good boys," Rosa Sarinana said.

Defense attorneys argued Raul had anger problems and that Cathy was also a victim of Raul's abuse, but they did not convince the jurors.

Lewis County authorities say they were awaiting the outcome of the trial in Riverside County before deciding whether to prosecute the couple for the older boy's murder.