Man convicted of killing boyfriend whose body parts were found in Griffith Park
A 40-year-old man was convicted Oct. 1 in the 2011 slaying of his live-in boyfriend whose body parts were later found in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury found Gabriel Campos-Martinez, a Latino man, guilty of killing 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin, a retired airline ticketing agent. The jury deliberated for about a day and a half before delivering the verdict.
On Jan. 17, 2012, two women discovered Medellin’s head near the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park.
A day later, a right hand and feet were found in a Rite Aid bag buried in a 6-inch grave.
Prosecutors say Medellin was killed on or about Dec. 27, 2011, and died as a result of asphyxiation. Medellin wasn’t reported missing until Jan. 16, when detectives at LAPD’s Hollywood station received an anonymous tip that he hadn’t returned from a trip to Mexico.
In March 2014, Campos-Martinez was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, where he had moved about a year after Medellin’s death.
He married a woman there, and worked at the San Antonio Convention Center. He was later extradited back to Los Angeles to stand trial.