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Man convicted in 2010 stabbing deaths of girlfriend's grandparents

A man was convicted Dec. 9 of murder in the slaying his then-girlfriend’s grandparents in 2010, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Jurors deliberated for two days before finding Rodolfo Lopez, 26, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for killing Susan Bezner, 64, and Jack Bezner, 71. Jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Sophia Cristo, Lopez's girlfriend who was 14 at the time of the killing, was convicted of murder in May 2015.

On Aug. 9, 2010, Lopez and Cristo fatally stabbed her grandparents in their Rosemead home, prosecutors said. The Bezners were found later that day by their sons. 

After the killing, Lopez and Cristo fled to to El Paso, Texas, where they were captured. 

In January 2017, the two are scheduled to be sentenced. Lopez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Cristo is ineligible for the death penalty and faces a maximum of life prison. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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