A former Fresno State University student was convicted Tuesday of fatally stabbing a 21-year-old UCLA student whose body was discovered after a September 2015 fire at her Westwood apartment.
Jurors deliberated about a day before finding Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 24, guilty of first-degree murder for the Sept. 21, 2015, slaying of Andrea DelVesco, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a burglary, according to Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila.
The panel also found Medina guilty of one count each of arson of an inhabited structure and cruelty to an animal -- the latter involving DelVesco's dog, which had to be euthanized, along with two counts of first-degree burglary with a person present involving DelVesco's apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue and another apartment across the street, the prosecutor said.
Medina is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set for July 20 at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors had opted earlier not to seek the death penalty against Medina...
Co-defendant Eric Marquez, 25, was attending UCLA when he was charged with murder and two counts of first-degree burglary with a person present, but subsequently pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary and being an accessory after the fact. He is awaiting sentencing June 7.