Robert Allan Lehmann, Guilty of Killing Ex-Wife and Father-in-Law, Faces Double Life in Prison
The Costa Mesa 37-year-old is now looking at possible double life terms in prison at his scheduled Nov. 2 sentencing in Santa Ana.
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The morning of May 3, 2011, Lehmann blew off a family court hearing, where full custody of his then-7-year-old daughter, a special needs student, was granted to Lehmann's 32-year-old ex-, Emily Ford, a popular instructional aide in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
That evening, Lehmann had sent his daughter and current wife out to have ice cream before Ford and her father, 62-year-old Russell Ford, came to Lehmann's Costa Mesa home to pick up the girl as ordered by the court. Emily Ford's baby with her current husband was strapped in the car.
|Emily and Russell Ford, R.I.P.|
Lehmann then joined several shocked neighbors in calling 9-1-1 to report the shootings.
In an unusual move, Lehmann later represented himself in court and petitioned the judge to allow access to the jail's law library. That did not prevent the jury from finding him guilty last week of two felony counts of special circumstances murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, multiple murders and lying in wait.
If the murders were, as advertised, Lehmann's reaction to his long-simmering displeasure over how his daughter would be cared for, one wonders how the senseless killings have made anything better for a child who is now essentially parent-less.
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