California Supreme Court won’t hear case of man convicted of Monrovia killing

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The California Supreme Court refused today to
review the case of a Pasadena man convicted of strangling the mother of his two
children and leaving her body in her car on a Monrovia street.
Jose Roberto Turner is serving a 26-year-to-life prison term for the
June 2015 killing of his ex-girlfriend, LaJoya Mc Coy, 31, of Monrovia.
In an Aug. 29 ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd
District Court of Appeal found that the prosecution had presented “compelling
evidence” of Turner’s “motive and intent to kill” McCoy, along with his
presence at the crime scene.
According to the appellate panel’s 22-page ruling, Turner “wrote
about his anger at McCoy and his intent to kill her shortly before the murder.
He had displayed stalking behavior and jealousy when McCoy was in the presence
of other men. He slashed her tires and took documents from her apartment.
Significantly, forensic evidence connected him to the murder, since his DNA was
present at the crime scene and he was a possible contributor to the DNA mixture
in her fingernails. Furthermore, he displayed consciousness of guilt when he
failed to help McCoy’s family and police.”
The justices rejected the defense’s contention that jurors should not
have heard the testimony of a former girlfriend who described Turner as having
been controlling and physically abusive during their relationship more than two
decades earlier. The appellate court panel noted the “substantial
similarities” between the acts described by the ex-girlfriend and the evidence
against Turner at trial, finding that it showed that the defendant “engaged in
a similar pattern of abuse against both women.”
McCoy — who worked as an accountant with the city of Los Angeles and
owned a clothing boutique — was reported missing after she failed to show up
for some scheduled appointments.
Police went to her home in the 8000 block of  West Olive Avenue and
found evidence of foul play, including blood stains on the mattress, carpet and
wall in the master bedroom. Her body, which was covered with a blanket and a
child’s car seat, was subsequently discovered about a mile away, inside her
car, about 4:30 a.m. on June 16, 2015.
Turner was arrested about 2 1/2 months later by Los Angeles County
sheriff’s deputies, and was convicted last year of first-degree murder.

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