LANCASTER – Four years after a 21-year-old Palmdale man was carjacked, shot in the head and left in the desert, his killers have been brought to justice.
Gang members Rudolfo Alcantar and Rosie Morales were convicted last week of murdering Christian Bojorquez, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Alcantar, 31, was found guilty Friday, Aug. 5, of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder during a carjacking. Jurors also found true gang and gun use allegations, and found him guilty of two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, according to Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Morales, 22, was found guilty Thursday, Aug. 4, of second-degree murder; and jurors found true gang and gun use allegations, according to Robison.
Morales also was convicted of arson.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours before finding the defendants guilty, Robison said.
Victim Christian Bojorquez died March 14, 2012, nine days after he was carjacked, shot in the head and left in a desert area in Lake Los Angeles.
A passerby found Bojorquez around 12:15 p.m. March 5, 2012, near 180th Street East and Avenue M, sheriff’s officials said.
Bojorquez was airlifted to a hospital where he remained until his death.
His burned Toyota Camry was found some time later, according to sheriff’s officials.
Alcantar and Morales were arrested for the murder in the fall of 2012.
Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6. Morales is facing up to life in state prison, while Alcantar is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the District Attorney’s office.
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