Trial continues in 2012 murder of graduate students

first_imgThe prosecution’s case against Javier Bolden, charged with two counts of murder in the 2012 killings of graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, resumed at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles Monday morning.According to testimony given during the trial, early in the morning of April 11, 2012, Ming Qu and Ying Wu were heading back home from an evening with friends. At about 1 a.m. they were both shot and killed while double-parked in a 2003 BMW to the northwest of campus in an apparent robbery attempt.Last week, prosecutors showed a video of Bolden bragging to a fellow inmate in prison about the killings.During Monday’s proceedings, Deputy District Attorney Daniel Akemon called several witnesses to the stand to testify about what they observed. Two were male residents of the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.Giovanny Ordoñez, one of the witnesses for the prosecution, said he heard what sounded like a loud firecracker explosion followed by shattering glass outside of his residence. He then described walking toward the front of his home and peeking through the blinds to see outside.Ordoñez said he watched from his window as the male victim, Qu, crawled out from his vehicle and onto Ordoñez’s neighbor’s porch. Ordoñez said he left his residence to help Qu, who Ordoñez said was out of breath and choking on his own blood. Ordoñez then called emergency services.Euri Maldonado, another witness, testified that he was driving southbound on Raymond Avenue from 27th Street while the BMW was double parked on the west side of the street.Maldonado said that moments after parking his car and entering his residence, he heard two consecutive gunshots and the sound of glass shattering. He then looked outside his second floor balcony and testified seeing two people surrounding the victims’ BMW who then ran southbound.Maldonado said that he was unable to see the faces of the running people, but called 911 and went to help the victims. He told the court that he saw the male victim crawl up to the porch of a neighbor’s house and attempt to knock for help.Both witnesses testified that they approached the BMW to provide Wu with help. They described Wu as crouched on the front passenger seat with her hands covering her face and said she was unresponsive.LAPD Officer Ricardo Hernandez, who at the time of the incident was assigned to the Southwest Division, testified about his response to the 911 call. Officer Hernandez said he arrived at the scene a few minutes after the emergency call requests. He explained how imperative it was to get Wu and Qu to the hospital and escorted the ambulances to the California Hospital Medical Center. At the hospital, Hernandez said Wu was declared dead and Qu was taken in for surgery and then declared dead.After reaching a deal with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Bryan Barnes, the other suspect in the case, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and was consequently sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.Bolden and Barnes were charged with the murders in May 2012. The families of the slain students filed a wrongful death lawsuit against USC seeking damages, but the case was dismissed in February 2013 on insufficient legal grounds.Since the 2012 killings, USC has increased its security measures, adding 60 security cameras and additional neighborhood security ambassadors in the surrounding area. After the 2012 Halloween shooting, other new policies included restricting campus access from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and adding security checkpoints for access into campus.Additional security measures were implemented this fall after the murder of Xinran Ji, a graduate student who was killed this summer on July 24 on his walk home from campus. The university increased its nighttime patrols, enhanced its video monitoring program and has said it would maintain the number of security ambassadors so their numbers will remain constant year round. Previously, they decreased during the summer time.last_img read more

Trojans score late-inning run, defeat LMU Lions 2-1

first_imgJust about everything was frozen at Dedeaux Field on Wednesday night.Fans, media, broadcasters —and bats.Just enough · Junior shortstop James Roberts (above) finished 0-3 against Loyola Marymount, but the Trojans got help from junior designated hitter Jake Hernandez (2-4) and senior second baseman Adam Landecker (2-3). – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIt looked for a long time like neither team would ever push a runner across home plate, and neither did until the seventh inning. Then, with USC and Loyola Marymount tied at one in the eighth, senior center fielder Greg Zebrack led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop James Roberts. With two outs, freshman right fielder Vahn Bozoian bounced a ball past the Lions’ third baseman and into left field, scoring Zebrack from second for what proved to be the winning run.True freshman pitcher Kyle Davis came on to get the last three outs in the ninth, having pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Nebraska. He dispatched the Lions in quick fashion, allowing just one runner on an infield hit.“Kyle did what we expect him to,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said, showing tremendous confidence in his young closer. “He’s comfortable out there in the big spot.”Scoring was far from plentiful for the majority of the game. For six innings, USC and Loyola Marymount battled in a scoreless contest, with just five combined runners reaching as far as second base.Trojans starter Brent Wheatley threw five shutout innings in his collegiate debut but was outdone by Lions starter Patrick McGrath, who threw six.“I could have gone four more (innings),” Wheatley said emphatically. “But I’m thrilled with the start. It was awesome.”In the top of the seventh, the Lions put runners at the corners with one down against senior reliever Matt Munson. LMU left fielder Mitchell Esser laid down a swinging bunt that traveled no more than 15 feet up the third baseline. USC sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs could have let it roll foul, but instead chose to pounce on the ball, hoping to tag out the oncoming utility Kevin Garcia from third base. But Stubbs couldn’t pick up the ball cleanly, and when he finally did Garcia had already leapt over him for the game’s first run.     The Trojans played small ball of their own to get the run back in the bottom of the seventh. Junior third baseman Kevin Swick led off with a walk, advanced to second on a bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Senior second baseman Adam Landecker brought him in with a liner down the left field line for an RBI double.“It was huge to get that run back,” Hubbs said. “We’ve talked over and over about being able to answer after they score and being able to shut down after we score. And we did those both today.”Between Wheatley, Davis and Bozoian, the Trojans had all freshmen collecting the win, the save and the game-winning hit, respectively.“Well, we do have 16 of them,” Hubbs joked. “And we’ve got plenty more who we’ve got to find times to get in games.”The Trojans are a young team, especially on the mound. Freshman Kyle Twomey started for USC on Sunday. Of the nine pitchers to have taken the mound for the Trojans this year, five are freshmen. The Trojans start a pair of freshmen in the outfield as well in Bozoian and Timmy Robinson, with Turner Clouse mixed in at times, too.“This freshman group is a really tight group,” Wheatley said. “We’ve got a lot of great players, too, but more importantly we’re really close and we’re always pushing each other and rooting for each other.”With just one day off before the weekend, more freshmen figure to see action when the Trojans take on Cal State Northridge in a three-game set starting Friday. The series will start at Dedeaux Field on Friday before moving to Northridge on Saturday and finally returning to Dedeaux for the finale on Sunday, where Twomey will be on the mound.last_img read more