#AceWorldNews – LOS ANGELES – October 28 – A man who was recorded confessing to the killings of two Chinese graduate students near the University of Southern California was convicted Monday of first-degree murder.
‘Man guilty of murder in attack on Chinese students ‘
Javier Bolden, 22, was found guilty of shooting Ming Qu and Ying Wu as they sat in a double-parked car about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from campus on April 11, 2012.
The killings drew international interest and fueled concerns in China about the safety of students abroad. The crime spurred USC to provide more protection around campus.
Concerns surfaced again this summer when another Chinese student was killed.
Parents of the students have filed a lawsuit accusing USC of misrepresenting security at the campus, where nearly one-fifth of the 38,000 students are from overseas, including 2,500 from China. USC says it has more international students than any other U.S. university.
The murder charges against Bolden carry special circumstances but prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, so he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Nov. 17.