SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California jury has found a North Carolina woman guilty of murdering a fortune-teller and her daughter.
The Orange County jury on Tuesday found 45-year-old Tanya Nelson guilty of masterminding the murders of Ha "Jade" Smith and Anita Vo five years ago.
Prosecutors say Nelson hired Smith, a popular fortune-teller in the Vietnamese community, to bring her ex-lover back. When the soothsayer told Nelson she couldn't change reality, she became upset and plotted to drive across the country to kill her.
Nelson is accused of luring her accomplice Phillipe Zamora into the murder scheme by promising to fix him up with gay sex partners.
Zamora pleaded guilty last year to two counts of first-degree murder and testified against Nelson.