Pasadena Man’s Conviction Upheld in Murder of Girlfriend Who Was Mother of His Two Children

Published : Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 4:38 AM

LaJoya McCoy of Monrovia

A state appeals court rejected defense arguments and upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a 48-year-old Pasadena man for killing his ex-girlfriend – the mother of his two children – and leaving her body in a car parked on a Monrovia street.

Jose Roberto Turner was convicted in 2017 for strangling LaJoya McCoy, 31, of Monrovia, and stabbing her in the head behind her left ear.

In the 22-page ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal said the prosecution had shown compelling evidence that Turner had motive and intent to kill McCoy.

Prosecutors said Turner had also threatened his previous girlfriend’s life after their relationship ended.

Defense attorneys, in appealing the conviction, argued that evidence about the ex-girlfriend should not have been heard by jurors at trial.

The appeals court rejected that contention.

McCoy – who at that time of her death was employed as an accountant with the Los Angeles County Department of Health and owned a clothing boutique – was reported missing after she failed to show up at some scheduled appointments.

Detectives who went to her home in Monrovia found evidence of foul play.

According to court records, the victim’s body was found five days later in her car on a street in Monrovia.

Records at the Pasadena branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court showed Turner was arrested on August 27, 2015 by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, and charged on August 31 that year.

Turner has been in jail since.

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