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Saturday, October 29, 2011

DA Candidate Bobby Grace secures conviction in 13 year old slaying of Santa Monica tourist

District Attorney candidate Bobby Grace's tireless commitment to securing justice for victims of crime in difficult cases resulted in the first degree murder conviction of Paul Edmond Carpenter last week.

According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, jurors deliberated a day and a half before convicting Paul Edmond Carpenter, 34, of the first-degree murder of Horst Fietze, 52. The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during the course of a robbery. Carpenter, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in Kingston, Jamaica in February of 2009 where he had been living and working for several years using false identification. At the time of his arrest, Carpenter was working as a driver for a BMW dealership under the name Jermaine Thomas. Jamaican authorities deported Carpenter to the U.S. to stand trial for his crimes.

The LA Times reported that Carpenter killed Horst Fietze during a botched robbery of German tourists at the Loews Hotel in October 1998. DDA Bobby Grace presented the entire case, from jury selection to verdict, in two weeks. Carpenter will be sentenced on November 30, 2011, and faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.

The conviction of Carpenter is the third high profile murder case prosecuted by Bobby Grace this year. In March 2011, Grace convicted David Del Toro, a former Los Angeles city fire captain, of murder in the killing of 42- year-old Jennifer Flores on Aug. 16, 2006. Her naked body was found in the early morning hours that day less than a mile from his Eagle Rock home.

In June 2011, Grace convicted Omar Armando Loera, a 34 year old transient, of murder of bride-to-be Cheree Osmanhodzic in her home after she returned home from shopping for a wedding dress with her mother. Loerae stabbed Cheree and then set fire to her home.

Bobby Grace's campaign website is BobbyGrace4DA.com, and you can give him kudos for another hard fought victory for justice on his FaceBook page, or send him a kudos Tweet.

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