Gardner guilty of murder, with special circumstances
Kristina Teaff, left, and Heather Pinkston-McCants, niece of murder victim Leslie Pinkston, are emotional Thursday after William Gardner III was convicted of first-degree murder, with special circumstances. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo
WOODLAND — A Yolo County jury has convicted William Carl Gardner III of first-degree murder with special circumstances in connection with last year's fatal shooting of Leslie Pinkston in downtown Winters.
The six-man, six-woman panel deliberated about 2 1/2 hours after hearing closing arguments in the weeklong trial earlier this morning, during which there were no denials that a horrific murder took place last November on otherwise quiet Railroad Avenue.
Nobody disputed District Attorney Jeff Reisig's contention that Gardner "executed" his former girlfriend with a bullet to her head after slipping into the back seat of her car.