A woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of her brother's girlfriend, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Lisette Kimberly Moreno pleaded no contest to a felony count of voluntary manslaughter for killing Annette Martinez, 21, with scissors.
Prosecutors said that on Aug. 16, 2015, Moreno got into an argument with Martinez at a Rowland Heights home. Moreno then stabbed Martinez before fleeing the area, prosecutors added.
Authorities were called, and Martinez was taken to the hospital, where she died.
After the attack, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested Moreno.
Sentencing for Moreno is scheduled for Nov. 29. She is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
A man was sentenced Thursday to 16 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing another man in a Monterey Park pizza parlor, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On July 7, a jury found Jose De Jesus Ruiz guilty of second-degree murder for killing Patrick Raymond Ortega, 25.
On Oct. 6, 2012, Ruiz attended a youth football game in Bell Gardens before going to a pizza parlor in Monterey Park. A group of fans of a rival team were at the restaurant as well.
At the restaurant in the 1900 block of South Atlantic Boulevard, an argument escalated into a physical fight. During the fight, Ruiz stabbed Ortega.
Soon after the incident, Los Angeles Conty sheriff’s deputies arrested Ruiz.
A jury convicted an 18-year-old woman of murder Thursday for her role in the 2014 bludgeoning death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji of China. The killing led to heightened campus security and shock across the Pacific in the victim’s homeland.
Alejandra Guerrero — who was 16 at the time of the attack near the university campus — fidgeted with her hair as a clerk read the verdict in a downtown courtroom.
“Guilty,” he said, “of murder in the first degree.”
Guerrero wiggled in her chair and looked up at her attorney, who gave her a small nod.
Prosecutors said that after midnight on July 24, 2014, Guerrero and three men, none of whom have yet gone to trial, attacked Ji with a blue baseball bat and a wrench.
The defendants later told detectives they targeted Ji — a 24-year-old engineering student who had been walking home from a study group — because ...
A man pleaded no contest Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of his father at their West Covina home in 2015, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Maverick Jacob Jimenez pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Joey Alfred Jimenez, 49.
Prosecutors said that on Aug. 16, 2015, Maverick Jimenez stabbed his father during a fight in their home.
West Covina police were called, and Joey Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Maverick Jimenez was arrested shortly after the incident.
Maverick Jimenez is scheduled to return to court Jan. 4 and is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison.
A San Dimas woman was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in state prison in the death of her mother-in-law, 77-year-old Young Ja Lee, last year, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Un Young Lee, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of elder abuse and one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling and was immediately sentenced.
On March 25, 2015, firefighters put out a blaze at the Young Ja Lee's home in the 1200 block of North Diamond Bar Boulevard in Diamond Bar, prosecutors said. No one was found inside, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Later that day, authorities received a tip that Lee may have been killed at the home and that the woman who killed her was driving in the Tustin area.
Police located Un Young Lee driving a minivan with Lee’s ...
Louis Michael Alberto Garcia, a 23-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Garcia was standing inside Bob’s Hamburgers near the counter when a man walked in and began shooting at him, said Los Angeles Police Det. David Cortez.
Garcia was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. The owner of the restaurant, Charalambos “Bob” Antonelos, 61, was also killed in the shooting.
Police identified the suspect through surveillance video, witness statements and gang intelligence, Cortez said.
Joey Mendoza, an 18-year-old Latino, and a gang member in the area, was arrested on suspicion of murder early the next morning at his parent’s house, Cortez said.
The shooting is believed to be the result of a dispute between Garcia and Mendoza that occurred ...
Charalambos “Bob” Antonelos, a 61-year-old white man, was fatally shot Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Antonelos was working behind the counter at his restaurant, Bob’s Hamburgers, when a man walked in and began shooting at another person who was standing on the other side of the counter, said Los Angeles Police Det. David Cortez.
Antonelos was in the line of fire and was wounded, Cortez said.
Antonelos was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:39 a.m.
The intended target, Louis Garcia, died at the scene.
Police identified a suspect through surveillance video, witness statements and gang intelligence, Cortez said.
Joey Mendoza, an 18-year-old Latino, and a gang member in the area, was arrested on suspicion of murder ...
The Times' Matt Hamilton writes about the 2014 conviction of Vincent Tatum in the 2013 shooting death of Victor Valentine, 42, in Willowbrook. Tatum's conviction was thrown out last week by a three-judge panel of California's 2nd District Court of Appeal.
If Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter’s experiences with plumbers had been better, the murder case of Vincent Tatum might have gone differently.
Addressing a panel of potential jurors in her Compton courtroom, Hunter explained the importance of not prejudging witnesses and used her unfortunate run-ins with the tradesmen to illustrate her point.
Hunter said that she had “had horrible experiences with plumbers … during remodels or whatever, just horrible experiences.”
“If I hear somebody is coming in, and I hear he’s a plumber, I’m thinking, ‘God, he’s not going to be telling the truth,’” Hunter said.
The problem, according ...