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Man convicted of killing transient with chunk of concrete

13 Mar

Article Tab: Jorge Alejandro Lopez, 35SANTA ANA – An Orange County jury deliberated for an hour before finding a Santa Ana man guilty of killing a homeless man by beating him and throwing a 16-pound concrete chunk on his chest.

The jury of four men and eight women in Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey’s courtroom Monday convicted Jorge Alejandro Lopez, 35, of one felony count of second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon.

He now faces 16 years to life in state prison at his May 11 sentencing.

At the time of the July 17, 2010, crime, Lopez himself was homeless off and on, occasionally living with relatives.

He walked up to a homeless encampment in Santa Ana and punched Marco Rojo Nieto, 36, in the face without provocation, knocking him to the ground, prosecutors said.

He then kicked and stomped on Nieto’s head before picking up a concrete boulder, raising it over his head, and slamming the chunk into the victim’s chest before fleeing the scene, according to an Orange County District Attorney’s news release.

Lopez accused Nieto of backstabbing him before the killing, Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy said.

Nieto, who was married and had a teenage daughter, died at the scene.

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