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21-year-old convicted in double homicide

Edwin Lugo, a 21-year-old Latino, was convicted June 13 of a double homicide in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Scott Marcus, a jury found Lugo guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with special allegations of discharging a firearm causing death and the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Jaime Carasco Polino, a 26-year-old Latino, and Mario Angel Martinez, a 35-year-old Latino, were shot and killed June 2, 2012, in the 7900 block of Brimfield Avenue in Panorama City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

The bodies of both men were discovered inside Martinez’s apartment about 11:10 p.m.

Polino and Martinez each died from a single gunshot wound to the head, coroner's records show.

On July 29, 2012, LAPD officers in North Hills arrested Lugo.

Lugo, who faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, is expected back in court July 1 for sentencing.

-- Maloy Moore

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