Costa Mesa man found guilty of 1979 cold-case murder in Torrance
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted a 62-year-old Costa Mesa man of first-degree murder in the 1979 cold-case killing of a nurse in Torrance.
Douglas Bradford shook his head but showed little emotion as the jury read the guilty verdict. He faces a sentence of 26 years to life in prison when he returns to court Oct. 10.
Lynn Knight, a 28-year-old nurse from Canada, was found brutally slain in her Torrance apartment on Aug. 30, 1979. The killer used a homemade garrote to strangle her and slashed her body with a sharp object.
Bradford had dated Knight shortly before her death and police long suspected he was the killer. But with little evidence, the case sat cold for decades until a Torrance police Cold Case Unit uncovered new evidence and arrested Bradford in 2009.
In the trial, the prosecution painted Bradford as a jilted ex-boyfriend who was enraged when Knight broke off their relationship and dated other men.
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Arrest made in Santa Ana shooting that left 1 dead, 2 injured
Investigators have arrested a man suspected of unleashing a volley of shots at a parked car, leaving one dead and two critically injured, authorities said.
Dustin Sean McDonald is accused of firing seven to 10 times at a red 2011 Chevrolet late Tuesday night while a man and two women sat inside. He was arrested Wednesday night near his Garden Grove home during a car stop, said Santa Ana Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Aaron Jonathan Chavez, 23, of Anaheim was pronounced dead in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The 21-year-old driver and another 28-year-old passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with multiple wounds.
The identities of the two women in the vehicle have not been released.
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