A North Highlands man accused of running over a young couple and four dogs on a Carmichael street nearly two years ago has been found guilty of multiple charges.
A Sacramento jury Tuesday convicted Paul William Walden, 32, of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter in the July 16, 2012 hit-and-run collision. Harison Long-Randall, 21, died from his injuries 10 days later and girlfriend Gemily West was seriously injured. West's four dogs were also killed.
Jurors also found Walden guilty of hit and run with great bodily injury and driving under the influence charges.
Walden testified he fell asleep at the wheel after driving for four days from the East Coast. An admitted heroin addict, he said he was not under the influence of the drug at the time and knew he didn't have a driver's license.
"I was in panic mode," Walden testified.
Walden is scheduled to be sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court on June 13. He faces a possible prison term of 15 years to life plus eight years, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.