POMONA, Calif. – An Inglewood man was convicted Monday of fatally stabbing a woman he had briefly dated and killing her dog before setting fire to her Pomona apartment about 3 1/2 years ago.
Jurors deliberated about five hours before finding Chaumon Tyner, now 53, guilty of one count each of first-degree murder, animal cruelty and arson of an inhabited dwelling, according to Deputy District Attorney Phil Stirling, who prosecuted the case with colleague Michelle Weiske.
Ronny Wall and her Yorkshire terrier, Bentley, were found inside the apartment on March 18, 2019, after the building’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire.
The 58-year-old woman met Tyner through an internet dating site, and the two had dated for 28 days, Stirling said. She suffered 11 significant stab wounds, with jurors finding true an allegation that Tyner used a pair of scissors in the crime.
Authorities believe the two had argued, with telephone records indicating that he remained in the apartment after the killing, according to Stirling.
Tyner was arrested nine days later by Pomona police and has remained in jail since then.
“The defendant’s actions in this case were brutal and depraved,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement released shortly after the jury’s verdict was returned.
Tyner, who allegedly has a prior strike from 2003 for robbery, is facing a potential state prison sentence of nearly 70 years to life, Stirling said. Sentencing is set Oct. 27 in a Pomona courtroom.