Rebecca Grossman found guilty of killing 2 boys after prosecutors blasted her ‘ridiculous theory’ for DUI crash at trial

SOCIALITE Rebecca Grossman has been found guilty of murdering two boys who she hit and killed as she raced her lover after an alcohol-filled lunch.

A Los Angeles County jury announced the verdict for Grossman on Friday, three years after the deaths of Jacob Iskander, 8, and his 11-year-old brother Mark.

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Socialite Rebecca Grossman has been found guilty of murdering two boys who she hit and killed as she raced her lover after an alcohol-filled lunchCredit: Getty
The jury announced a guilty verdict for Grossman on Friday for the murder of Mark Iskander, 11, and Jacob, 8, during a street race with her ex-boyfriend

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The jury announced a guilty verdict for Grossman on Friday for the murder of Mark Iskander, 11, and Jacob, 8, during a street race with her ex-boyfriendCredit: Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church
During the trial, the socialite's defense team argued that Grossman's lover in a separate car was the one who killed the children

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During the trial, the socialite’s defense team argued that Grossman’s lover in a separate car was the one who killed the childrenCredit: Getty

The 60-year-old was convicted on two counts of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one felony count of hit-and-run driving.

Grossman’s trial began in January with prosecutors asserting that the socialite and her ex-boyfriend, former MLB pitcher Scott Erickson, were racing two separate cars at high speeds after drinking at lunch.

The jury of nine men and three women took two days to reach their guilty verdict.

During the trial, the socialite’s defense team argued that Erickson was the one who hit and killed the children, despite witnesses saying that Grossman was responsible.

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Grossman’s team claimed that the boys were struck by Erickson’s car first before their bodies were flung toward Grossman’s vehicle.

In a strange turn, Grossman’s defense attorney, Tony Buzbee, started asking several witnesses whether they saw a 6-foot-4, 250-pound man hiding in the bushes – a description that fits Erickson.

A confused Deputy Cody Gaudet responded that there weren’t many bushes in the area of the crash, and a bystander would have been noticeable.

“That would be a concern if we had,” he said.

No witnesses reported seeing a figure who matched Erickson’s description.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Gould slammed Grossman’s “ridiculous” story in his closing statements on Wednesday.

He said there was “not a shred of evidence” to show that Erickson struck the children first, calling the claim a “ridiculous theory.”

Grossman’s attorney stood resolute in his statement to the jury.

“I think we now have seen she ain’t guilty of anything,” Buzbee told the jury, as reported by CBS News.

They did not agree with his ardent words.

Gould’s words ultimately pulled the jury to the side of the prosecution as he described Grossman as “driving too fast,” [knowing] that “speed kills” and being “impaired.”

He went on to divulge that the socialite had lied at the time of the incident, understating how many alcoholic drinks she had consumed.

According to “black box” data from her vehicle, the boys were struck at the speed of 73 miles per hour on a 45-mile-per-hour street.

The boys’ mom, Nancy Iskander, sobbed during her court testimony as she described how her sons were hit by the car while crossing the street on September 29, 2020. 

Nancy was a first-hand witness to her son’s traumatic deaths, having been able to save only her 5-year-old son before Grossman plowed into her other children.

“I didn’t see her hit the boys. I saw her pass where the boys were, and I heard the crash,” she told the court of her experience.

She then went on to respond to Grossman’s claim that the socialite’s then-boyfriend was to blame.

“I care about my kids… and I know who killed them,” she cried in court.

“Her car ran them over. I know that she killed them, I know. Please try to understand,” she said.

Grossman’s defense claimed that Erickson’s car threw the boys’ bodies into the air and her car, but Iskander recounted it differently.

“I wouldn’t have missed that, Mark going up in the sky,” she said.  

Following the verdict, Nancy and the boys’ father, Karim, said the closure after a 3-year wait was welcomed.

“We can finally move on,” Karim said.

“We have been waiting for closure. Honestly, we have been waiting for Mrs. Grossman to apologize, to take responsibility.”

“We’ve been waiting for this for 3-and-a-half years,” Nancy said.

“We are also super thankful for our prosecution. They worked tirelessly — 3-and-a-half years. They went above and beyond…

“They only cared about the truth. They only wanted to tell the truth. the worked against some of the most evil defense attorneys.”

She went on to speak directly about the boys’ death, reported local NBC affiliate KNBC.

“Mark and Jacob did not die. They were murdered,” said Nancy.

Despite the hurt Grossman has brought the family, the grieving mother still felt empathetic for her son’s killer and Grossman’s family after seeing them say goodbye in court.

“I don’t have any hate for her. My heart broke for her children,” Nancy said.

“I’m a mother.”

Grossman had been out on a $2 million bond throughout the trial and is now facing between 34 years to life in prison following her conviction.

Her sentencing is set for April 10.

According to 'black box' data from her vehicle, the boys were struck at the speed of 73 miles per hour on a 45-mile-per-hour street

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According to ‘black box’ data from her vehicle, the boys were struck at the speed of 73 miles per hour on a 45-mile-per-hour streetCredit: Twitter / LASD
After three years of waiting for justice, the boys' parents, Nancy and Karim Iskander, expressed relief following the verdict

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After three years of waiting for justice, the boys’ parents, Nancy and Karim Iskander, expressed relief following the verdictCredit: The Mega Agency


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