Anthony Cain killed Lamar and Ernestine Matthews, both 75-years-old, during a burglary in their Cerritos home in 2004. Lamar Matthews was a retired probation officer and Ernestine Matthews was a retired teacher. Both were brutally slashed to death. Lamar had 26 stab wounds, Ernestine had 9 stab wounds.
Investigators arrested Cain after evidence came to light that he had cashed a check belonging to the victims. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010.