June 19, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Preliminary hearing regarding USC student death postponed one day

Two men and two teens are being accused in the beating death of a USC graduate student from China. (Thinkstock)
Two men and two teens are being accused in the beating death of a USC graduate student from China. (Thinkstock)

A preliminary hearing for two men and two teens accused in the beating death of a USC graduate student from China near the campus was postponed for one day today because a defense attorney was sick.

“The people are ready today, we’ll be ready tomorrow,” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told a judge.

The defense attorney for Andrew Garcia was sick, leading to the delay, according the attorney for co-defendant Alberto Ochoa.

Jonathan Del Carmen and Garcia, both 19, are charged along with Ochoa, 17, and Alejandra Guerrero, 16, in the murder of Xinran Ji, who was fatally beaten while walking back to his apartment around 12:45 a.m. July 24, near 29th Street and Orchard Avenue.

As Garcia was being led out of a secure area of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies, he turned and yelled to supporters in the audience, using an expletive to complain about serving time and shouting, “Can I go home now? … Playtime’s over.”

Someone from the crowd yelled back, repeatedly urging Garcia, “Relax, Andrew, we love you.”

The criminal complaint includes the special-circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during an attempted robbery, which makes Del Carmen and Garcia eligible for the death penalty should prosecutors decide to seek capital punishment. Ochoa and Guerrero, who are charged as adults, cannot face the death penalty because they were under 18 at the time of the alleged crime.

Ochoa will turn 18 on Jan. 23, and his attorney requested that his client not be transferred to county jail, but be allowed to remain in juvenile detention.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sergio Tapia denied the request, but said it could be reconsidered during tomorrow’s hearing.

The criminal complaint alleges that Garcia, Ochoa and Guerrero used deadly weapons — a bat and a wrench — on Ji, who was beaten and struck on the head.

The 24-year-old electrical engineering graduate student, who was walking home after taking part in a study group, managed to make it back to his City Park apartment in the 1200 block of West 30th Street, where he was found dead about 7 a.m. July 24. A trail of blood marked the path he walked.

Garcia, Ochoa and Guerrero are also charged with one count each of robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged attack on a man and woman at Dockweiler Beach later that day.

The group allegedly robbed the woman, but the man managed to escape and flag down police, according to McKinney.

Tags: in Crime, News
Related Posts

Brentwood, Palisades, West LA Libraries Closures for Juneteenth

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

Upcoming Program and Event Schedules for The Week  Brentwood Library Schedule: We are celebrating Juneteenth this Wednesday, June 19! The...

LAUSD Board Approves Cell Phone Ban for District Schools

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

Resolution Aims to Be Effective by January 2025 The LAUSD board voted 5-2 on Tuesday to pass a resolution authored...

Gunfire Incident at Westchester Park Leads to Arrest, Prompts Community Meeting

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

LAPD Pursues Suspect After Shots Fired, Councilmember Responds An LAPD spokesperson confirmed that a disturbing incident took place at Westchester...

Culver City Police Make Multiple Arrests During the Week of June 6 to June 11

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

Stolen Vehicles, Narcotics, and Firearms Recovered in a Series of Incidents The Culver City Police Department had a busy week...

Toddler Fatally Struck by Relative’s RV at Dockweiler State Beach

June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

2-Year-Old Child Lancaster Identified as Victim in Tragic Accident A toddler died Saturday after being struck by a relative who...

Texas Man Sentenced to 33 Months for Threatening U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters

June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

Gaherty Targeted the Congresswoman With Racist and Violent Threats  A Texas man was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison...

LAUSD Considers Cell Phone Ban for Students During School Day

June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

Some Parents Object Citing Safety Issues During a Crisis The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering a policy that...

Brentwood Beat: Giving Some Brentwood Thanks on the Fourth of July

June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024

As July 4th approaches, we should be thankful to live in America.   Sure, our country has its issues, but immigrants...

West Hollywood Resident Robbed at Gunpoint Near Sheriff’s Station After Pride

June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

Victim Recounts Harrowing Early Morning Encounter in Rainbow District A West Hollywood resident and his friends were heading home in...

Michelin-Starred Chef James Kent Passes Away, Saga Hospitality Group Announces

June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

Chef Kent Is Remembered for His Culinary Excellence and Charity Work The Saga Hospitality Group announced the death of Michelin-starred...

Film Review: Longlegs

June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

LONGLEGS is pure poetic eldritch terror. From the very beginning, director Osgood Perkins uses the actors’ performances, cinematography, and even...

Two Men Arrested After Injuring Elderly Woman in Road Rage Incident at LAX

June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

Violent Altercation Hospitalized Elderly Passenger  Los Angeles Police Department detectives from the Pacific-LAX Division have arrested two men involved in...

Judge Rules in Favor of Tenants in Historic West Los Angeles Eviction Case

June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024

Landlord’s Eviction Plan Under Ellis Act Rejected, Tenants Can Stay After a lengthy legal battle that spanned over a year,...

Marina del Rey Sportfishing: A Great Day on the Water

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Fishing is a pastime like no other. You can experience the nostalgia of that pastime in real time at Marina...

University of Miami President to Replace Gene Block Amid Controversy

June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

Julio Frenk Named New UCLA Chancellor at UC Regents Meeting The search for a new chancellor at UCLA is over....