A Los Angeles man will spend 32 years to life in prison for a 1988 Pasadena murder. A jury convicted him in 2017 for the shooting death of a jewelry salesman. The shooting took place in February 1988.
The man shot the victim as he sold jewelry from his van, which was parked at a Pasadena gas station. Following the shooting, the suspect fled. He discarded his clothing and the weapon used in the attack. Investigators recovered both, however, following the confrontation. Eyewitnesses provided a description of the suspect. Police arrested the suspect at the time of the incident, but the case languished for lack of evidence. Advances in forensic technology allowed Pasadena police to re-open the investigation in 2013.
Among the preserved evidence, police found items suitable for contemporary forensic analysis. Investigators tested the suspect’s clothing recovered in 1988 and determined that the blood on them belonged to the victim. Police re-arrested the suspect in 2015 and prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder. According to investigators, the suspect and the victim knew each other and had conducted business prior to the shooting. Police say the motive for the shooting appeared to be robbery.
The defendant will return to court in November for a restitution hearing.
Pasadena murder attorney
When you face charges for a Los Angeles County homicide, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Depending on the circumstances, a homicide conviction can lead to a range of penalties, including death or life in prison. While California has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade, prosecutors still seek and receive death penalty convictions. There is no reason to think the state will abandon the use of the death penalty, despite its many flaws.
That’s why you need an experienced attorney by your side in court. Mr. Helfend has a reputation for being an aggressive defender for his clients. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Reducing the severity of the charges reduces the immediate danger a homicide conviction poses.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.
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