A 41-year-old man who shot his friend in the head and then eluded police for months was convicted July 14 of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury deliberated for a little over two hours before finding Juan Carlos Perez guilty of first-degree murder for the 2009 slaying of Noe Martinez-Quinone, 35. Jurors also found true a special allegation that Perez used a gun to commit the crime.
Prosecutors said that on Nov. 21, 2009, Perez and Martinez-Quinone went to a baby shower then met up with friends at a bar. About 2 a.m. the next day, they left in Perez’s white Toyota Corolla.
In the early morning of Nov. 22, 2009, a South Pasadena police officer on patrol saw the Corolla with fogged windows parked on the side of the road, prosecutors said.
The officer parked behind ...