Sergio Lopez, a 29-year-old white man, was shot and killed Thursday, Sept. 12, in the 12100 block of 180th Street in Artesia, according to L.A. County coroner’s records.
Witnesses said they were in their homes when they heard four or five gunshots, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. People came outside, found Lopez in his driveway and called deputies about 1:10 a.m.
No suspects or vehicles were seen leaving the area. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:37 a.m.
A 25-year-old man who prosecutors say lured his cousin into a car in Artesia and fatally shot him because of a suspected affair was found guilty Monday of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury convicted Ulises Carbajal Velasco, a Latino from Norwalk, after fewer than two days of deliberation. Velasco thought that Sergio Lopez, 29, was having an affair with his estranged wife, prosecutors said.
On Sept. 12, 2013, Velasco, who was visiting Lopez, lured the man to a car, saying he needed help looking for something.
As Lopez bent down in the vehicle, Velasco shot him from behind several times, then left, prosecutors said.
Velasco later returned to the area and was questioned by deputies, who linked him to the crime through witness accounts. During the trial, Velasco’s estranged wife said she did not have an affair with Lopez. Prosecutors said there was no evidence to corroborate Velasco’s suspicion.
Velasco, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23.