A Los Angeles jury on Friday found a man guilty of second-degree murder in New YorkA father who was camping with his young daughters – and trying to kill the girls – all at a popular state park in Southern California’s Malibu area.
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Roda, 46, was killed by Tristan Beaudette in the head while the 35-year-old father, a chemist from Irvine, was camping in a tent with his daughters on June 22, 2018, in Malibu Creek State Park, about 30 miles northwest of downtown. . Los Angeles, the jury has ruled.
While the jury also found Roda guilty of one count of attempted murder in a drive-by shooting four days before Beaudit’s death, he was found not guilty on seven other counts of attempted murder in several other shootings.
However, the jury found him guilty on all five counts of burglary he faced.
At the time, Beaudit’s killing—along with the revelations of other mysterious shootings—disturbed the surrounding community and closed the state park for nearly a year. I did
The jury acquitted Roda of first-degree murder but convicted him of second-degree murder. He faces 40 years to life in prison and will be sentenced next month.
A conviction for first-degree murder requires the government to prove intent and surveillance. Second degree murder no.
Beaudit’s daughters, then aged 2 and 4, were not injured, but were deemed victims of attempted murder. The jury convicted Roda of the attempted murder charges related to the girls, but ruled that Roda did not act with intent or premeditation to kill them.
Rawda had waived his right to appear before the court and did not attend the verdict on Friday. Prosecutors declined to comment on the outcome.
“I appreciate how careful the jury seemed,” Rhoda’s lawyer, Nicholas Okorocha, said after the verdict. “The jury did a good job of being careful and detail-oriented.”
During the investigation into Beaudette’s shooting death, and prior to Rhoda’s arrest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department revealed that there were at least seven other unsolved shootings in the area dating back to November 2016.
Roda was arrested on October 10, 2018, nearly four months after Beaudet was killed, in a ravine near the park with a gun in his backpack. Described by sheriff’s authorities as an outdoors “survivor”, he was initially arrested in connection with several robberies in the area, before being charged with Beaudette’s murder and other shootings.
Roda served time in state prison for possession of explosives and later for possession of a loaded handgun, which is illegal for persons sentenced to felonies. Authorities said he was under surveillance at the time of his arrest.
Much of Malibu Creek State Park, which has served as a set for movies and TV shows like “MASH,” has been charred in wildfires.