SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 29-year-old Garden Grove man convicted of bludgeoning to death a married father of two who had invited him to his Fullerton apartment for sex was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Victim Rejinold Harry, who was 45, invited Jaime Jezzuel Lopez to his one-bedroom apartment while his two sons were at school and his wife was at work the morning of June 4, 2007, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
After Harry removed his clothes, Lopez took a large glass crucifix and slammed it over Harry’s head multiple times, according to prosecutors. Before fleeing, Lopez stole money and jewelry from the apartment, prosecutors said.
The victim’s wife found Harry’s nude body at 1:30 p.m. that day, prosecutors said.
Investigators ran out of leads until the following month when Lopez was arrested on a warrant for misdemeanor lewd conduct in Garden Grove. Lopez was caught with the stolen jewelry, according to prosecutors.
Investigators acquired more evidence in 2008 when Lopez was convicted of felony theft and had to submit a DNA sample. Lopez was connected to the murder through DNA left on a drinking glass in Harry’s apartment, according to prosecutors.
Lopez was convicted of murder with the special circumstances of committing the killing during a robbery.
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