State Supreme Court Refuses to Review Case of Pasadena Man Convicted of Strangling His Ex-Girlfriend, Mother of His Two Children

Published : Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 7:15 PM

LaJoya McCoy, 31, was found dead inside her vehicle, parked on the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue in Monrovia on June 16, 2015.

California’s Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Pasadena man who was convicted last year of strangling his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his two children, and leaving her body in her car on a street in Monrovia in 2015.

Jose Roberto Turner, 50, is serving a 26-year-to-life prison term for the murder of LaJoya McCoy, 31, of Monrovia, in June 2015. He was tried and convicted by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch, in July last year.

A three-justice panel from California’s Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction, ruling in August that the prosecution had presented “compelling evidence” of Turner’s “motive and intent to kill” McCoy, along with his presence at the crime scene, according to City News Service.

The 22-page ruling said Turner “wrote about his anger at McCoy and his intent to kill her shortly before the murder,” and had displayed “stalking behavior and jealousy” when the victim was in the presence of other men.

The ruling also mentioned other aggravating circumstances that showed Turner was responsible, including forensic evidence that connected him to the murder, CNS said.

McCoy worked as an accountant with the city of Los Angeles and owned a clothing boutique. On June 15, 2015, she was reported missing after she failed to show up for some scheduled appointments. When police went to her home in Monrovia, they found evidence of foul play, including blood stains on the mattress, carpet, and wall in the master bedroom.

Early the next day, McCoy’s body, covered with a blanket and a child’s car seat, was discovered inside her car about a mile away.

Turner was arrested about two and a half months later by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies.

The criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said the murder could have been committed on June 10, 2015.

Court documents said Turner used a rope or cord to commit the slaying.

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