LAWRENCE MAY GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER
By Kelly Pakula, Bay City News
January 25, 2006
A 10 woman, two man jury has returned a guilty of
first-degree murder verdict for Lawrence Edward May, the Daly
City man accused of fatally stabbing his wife with a pair of scissors
in a San Mateo elevator in 2004.
He was also found guilty of the special enhancement
of lying in wait, which makes him eligible for life in prison
without the possibility of parole. He was also found guilty of
assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily injury.
May showed no emotion when the jury read its verdict
in a San Mateo County courtroom this afternoon. The jury deliberated
for a combined three hours on Tuesday afternoon and this morning.
May, 50, admitted to stabbing his estranged wife,
Sharen Sulpizio May, 40, over 100 times with a pair of scissors
following a child-custody mediation session in San Mateo on March
The prosecution argued that May planned the attack
on his wife, and brought the scissors to the mediation session
with the intent to kill her.
The Mays separated on Feb. 28, 2004, and on March
25 of that same year they went to a mediation session in an effort
to reach an agreement regarding the custody of their three children.
May, who was under the influence of methamphetamine
at the time of the mediation session, stormed out of mediator
Dianne Thomas' office and returned to his car after he and Sulpizio
May failed to reach a custody agreement.
He will be sentenced on March 21 at 9 a.m. in Judge
courtroom, Department 15.