UCLA Student's Murder Was Part of Burglary Spree, Prosecutors Say
Two young men were charged in the shocking death of UCLA student Andrea DelVesco, whose body was found following an apartment fire in Westwood Sept. 21.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office today said in a statement that suspect Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 22, ...
... is charged with burglarizing an apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Street on Sept. 21 and then entering a second apartment where he allegedly fatally stabbed Andrea DelVesco and set her apartment on fire before fleeing.
The other suspect, 22-year-old Eric Marquez, a UCLA student, was "present" during the crimes and participated in the other break-in, according to a copy of the complaint.
The DA's statement breaks down the case:
[Medina] is charged with one count of capital murder with the special circumstance of murder during a
robberyburglary and a special allegation that he personally used a knife; one count of arson of a dwelling; and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Marquez, a student at UCLA, is charged with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Twenty-one-year-old DelVesco, a fourth-year student from Austin, Texas, was charged in June with possession for sale of drugs, including ecstasy, LSD, magic mushrooms and meth. She was due in court Friday. There was much speculation that her death that Monday morning was related to the case.
There's nothing in the DA's information that indicates a link.
Medina was being held without bail; Marquez was being held in lieu of $1.1 million. The special circumstance means Medina could be eligible for the death penalty if prosecutors pursue such a case.
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