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Norwalk man guilty of killing cousin over suspected affair

A 25-year-old man who prosecutors say lured his cousin into a car in Artesia and fatally shot him because of a suspected affair was found guilty Monday of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

A jury convicted Ulises Carbajal Velasco, a Latino from Norwalk, after fewer than two days of deliberation. Velasco thought that Sergio Lopez, 29, was having an affair with his estranged wife, prosecutors said.

On Sept. 12, 2013, Velasco, who was visiting Lopez, lured the man to a car, saying he needed help looking for something.

As Lopez bent down in the vehicle, Velasco shot him from behind several times, then left, prosecutors said.

Velasco later returned to the area and was questioned by deputies, who linked him to the crime through witness accounts. During the trial, Velasco’s estranged wife said she did not have an affair with Lopez. Prosecutors said there was no evidence to corroborate Velasco’s suspicion.

Velasco, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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