Three many years after his first homicide conviction, Pasadena man pleads responsible to a different

For the second time in his life, Timothy Chavira has been convicted of homicide, acknowledging in a responsible plea entered Monday that he killed a 76-year-old lady in December, county prosecutors stated.

Upon coming into the plea, Chavira, 57, instantly started serving a life sentence in state jail with out the opportunity of parole, based on the Los Angeles County district legal professional’s workplace. He had beforehand served an almost 30-year sentence for murdering his stepmother.

Chavira was arrested in December and charged with the murder of Editha Cruz de Leon, a retired gynecologist and grandmother. Her physique was present in her El Sereno residence the morning of Dec. eight, 2019. She had died of strangulation and sharp pressure accidents, the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner discovered.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Cynthia Barnes, who prosecuted Chavira, described the killing as “out of the blue.”

“We truthfully don’t know the motive and we don’t know why he picked her,” Barnes stated. “It’s simply so unhappy. Why her?”

Chavira had been launched on parole two and half years earlier, having spent almost three many years in state jail for killing his stepmother, Laurie Anne Chavira.

Late one August night time in 1986, Chavira, then 23, stabbed and clubbed his stepmother to dying, a jury discovered. His father returned residence from his job at a safety agency the next morning and located bloodstains within the kitchen and loo, The Occasions reported.

Laurie Anne Chavira’s physique was found 11 days later, stuffed within the trunk of a automobile deserted in Burbank. A furnishings leg used to bludgeon her was discovered alongside the physique.

When Chavira was arrested two weeks later in Portland, authorities discovered his stepmother’s keys and financial institution card within the trunk of his automobile.

“The one motive I may give you was hatred,” Deputy Dist. Atty. David E. Demerjian, who tried the case, stated after a Pasadena jury returned a responsible verdict in 1987.

Thirty-two years later, Los Angeles detectives and FBI brokers arrested Chavira at a house in Pasadena, a couple of mile and a half from the courthouse the place he was first convicted of homicide.