BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Kern County jury found a man guilty Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder, saying he killed his brother and a business associate in a jealous fit of rage.
Narinder Kumar faces a possible life sentence when he returns to court July 26, the district attorney's office said Thursday.
Kumar was an ice cream truck driver who purchased inventory from his brother, Moti Lal, owner of GMB Ice Cream Warehouse on the 600 block of Belle Terrace.
Kumar told Eyewitness News during a jailhouse interview shortly after his December 2009 arrest that he "had no choice" in killing his brother, who he claimed constantly insulted and threatened him.
During an argument at the warehouse, Kumar stabbed his brother with what he described as a large combat-style knife. Lal and his business partner, Balwinder Singh, wrestled the knife away from Kumar, but Kumar pulled out another knife, described as a switchblade, and attacked again.
Lal and Singh were killed in the attack. Prosecutors said Kumar stabbed Singh 15 times. They said Kumar stabbed his brother 78 times.
A third warehouse worker, Meeka Mander, was stabbed in the hand but survived.
"Out of necessity, I did what I did," Kumar told Eyewitness News through a Punjabi interpreter in 2009. "If I get the death penalty, so be it. But, I want to make it clear to the people why this happened."