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Man convicted in 8-year-old murder case

A man was convicted on July 14 for the shooting death of a California man that occurred eight years ago. According to reports, the man, age 41, had been a fugitive and was found in Illinois.

The incident occurred on Nov. 21, 2009. The convicted man fled in a Toyota Corolla after seeing a police officer patrolling the area near the 1000 block of Arroyo Drive in South Pasadena during the early morning hours. The officer found a car on the side of the road that had fogging windows. Inside, the officer discovered the body of a 35-year-old man slumped over with two gunshot wounds in his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. When the vehicle was searched, a firearm holster and two expended 9 mm casings that were traced back to the convicted man were recovered.

The prosecutor said that the two men had been at a bar together prior to the shooting, but no motive had been established. While the man was charged with first-degree murder in December 2009, he was finally extradited back to California after being found in Illinois in 2010. He faces a minimum of 50 years in prison.

Murder is considered to be a serious crime, especially in the case of shooting deaths. As such, the consequences can be major. In many cases, a person accused of murder or homicide could face life in prison and even life without the possibility of parole. An attorney may mount a strong defense for those who are facing murder or homicide charges. Depending on circumstances, the lawyer could argue that the prosecution cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person was involved in the crime.

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