A Hollywood man was convicted Tuesday of killing a person he had just lately began courting and stuffing the sufferer’s physique in a suitcase present in a trash bin.
The Los Angeles Superior Courtroom jury discovered Merdan Haydarov, 22, responsible of second-diploma homicide for the Nov. 23, 2013, killing of forty nine-yr-previous Randall Scott Kreeger, whose throat was reduce.
Jurors additionally discovered true an allegation that Haydarov personally used an edged weapon in the course of the crime, however the panel acquitted Haydarov of first-diploma homicide.
The 2 males had apparently met about three weeks earlier than, and there was a “courting facet” to their relationship, in line with Deputy District Lawyer Radhika Patel.
Haydarov — who was arrested the day after the sufferer’s demise — subsequently claimed that Kreeger had touched him inappropriately and that he was making an attempt to defend himself, in accordance with the prosecutor.
Authorities consider, nevertheless, that the motive for the killing might have been theft.
Haydarov informed police the place to seek out the sufferer’s physique, which had been left in a trash bin in a suitcase through which he had been shrouded in a number of layers of cloth and trash luggage, in line with Patel.
The sufferer’s associates notified police that he was lacking after he failed to answer textual content messages and didn’t present up for deliberate conferences. Surveillance footage from outdoors the sufferer’s Koreatown condominium displaying Haydarov going out and in of the constructing a number of occasions, together with leaving with an overstuffed suitcase, Patel stated.
Haydarov’s lawyer declined to touch upon the case.
Haydarov, who’s dealing with sixteen years to life in state jail, is due again in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. sixteen for sentencing.
—Metropolis Information Service
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