WASHINGTON — A 22-year-old student who said images of black-gloved hands ordered him to do evil things was convicted Tuesday of murdering two classmates at Gallaudet University.
Joseph Mesa Jr., a hearing-impaired native of Guam, was found guilty after a District of Columbia Superior Court jury deliberated three hours.
A sign language interpreter translated for him as the jury foreman read guilty verdicts on each of the 15 counts.
Mesa and the two victims had been classmates at Gallaudet, the nation's premiere college for the hearing-impaired. Eric Plunkett, 19, of Burnsville, Minn., was killed in his dormitory room in September 2000.
The body of Benjamin Varner, 19, of San Antonio, was found in his dorm room in February 2001.
Prosecutors said Mesa beat Plunkett to death and used a paring knife to repeatedly stab Varner. He then robbed both men, using their credit cards to go on a spending spree.