A jury convicted Lyle and Erik Menendez on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for killing their parents, and a judge sentenced them to life in prison in 1996. In 2002, Alex and Derek King plead guilty to third-degree murder and arson in the death of their father, Terry King.
Court TV filmed the first trial of the Menendez brothers in Van Nuys, California Superior Court. The brothers had one trial with separate juries, accused of planning and then carrying out the murder of their parents Jose and Kitty with a shotgun. Despite the fact that Lyle Menendez called 911 to report finding his parent dead, police arrested the brothers in 1990 after receiving audio tapes on which the brothers confessed to the murders. The first trial ended in a hung jury for both Lyle and Erik Menendez; however a second trial resulted in their convictions.
Alex and Derek King were 12 and 13 years old when officials found their father Terry King dead due to massive head trauma, and his home on fire. The boys confessed to killing their father with an aluminum baseball bat to avoid punishment for running away. A jury found the children guilty of second-degree murder and arson, but a judge overturned those verdicts. People around the United States followed the trial, including comedian and talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who hired an attorney for the King brothers. The brothers reached plea agreements with prosecutors, and officials sent them to different juvenile facilities.