Man found guilty in Chinese USC students' deaths

Oct 27, 2014 6:06 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who was recorded confessing to the murders of two University of Southern California students has been found guilty of the slayings.

Javier Bolden was convicted Monday in Los Angeles of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty, so Bolden will face life in prison without parole.

Two 23-year-old engineering students from China - Ming Qu and Ying Wu - were shot two years ago while sitting in a parked car near the USC campus.

After Bolden was arrested, he boasted about the killings to a cellmate who was a police informant.

Bolden's lawyer said Bolden lied to the cellmate to appear tough.

Bolden's friend Bryan Barnes pleaded guilty in February to two counts of murder in a deal to avoid the death penalty. He received a life sentence.

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(Photo Courtesy: NBC Los Angeles)


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