COMPTON – A Los Angeles man convicted of murdering his
girlfriend and her unborn child on the way home from church in 2007
was sent to prison today for the remainder of his life.
Compton Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter imposed the
life-without-parole sentence upon 35-year-old Stephen Mark Picart.
Hunter presided over Picart’s trial, which ended last month when the
defendant was convicted of one count each of first- and
second-degree murder along with the special circumstance of multiple
murders. The jury also determined that Picart personally fired a
handgun causing the deaths of the victims.
Picart was convicted of the first-degree murder of his
girlfriend, Sharon Carter, 31, on Sept, 23, 2007. He also was
convicted of the second-degree murder of her fetus.
Authorities said Picart, Carter and her two sons – then 14 and 4
– were driving home from attending Tabernacle of Grace church in
Watts, where the victim’s father was pastor.
Carter was driving the SUV with Picart and the boys as
passengers, authorities said. She was shot in the back of the head
during an argument with Picart. The sons were not wounded.
Picart was arrested shortly after the shooting and has remained
in custody on $2 million bail. Although charged as a capital crime,
the District Attorney’s office opted not to seek the death penalty,
leaving life without the possibility of parole as the only other
sentence if the defendant were convicted of the murders and the
special circumstance found true.
The life-without-parole sentence is to run consecutively with a
65-year-to-life term: 15-to-life for the second-degree murder of the
fetus and 50-to-life for gun use.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Martha
Carrillo of the Compton Branch office.