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Man Arrested After Standoff with Santa Monica Police Guilty of Murder
By Lookout Staff
May 22, 2019 -- The man charged with a fatal 2015 stabbing that led to a standoff with police at a Santa Monica apartment was found guilt of second degree murder Tuesday.
David Carrillo, 32, was convicted of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Wesley Morejon, 30, outside a fast-food restaurant on the 8900 block of Vermont Avenue on February 10, 2015.
Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction but the jury found Carrillo guilty of the lesser charge and a special circumstance that he used a folding knife during the crime, County officials said.
Carrillo and Morejon, who attended the same substance abuse program, were involved in an argument before the stabbing.
Carillo fled, but witnesses and “excellent video surveillance footage” from the scene enabled investigators to identify him as the prime suspect in the attack, officials said at the time.
Nearly two weeks later, on February 23, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department traced Carrillo to a residence in the 800 block of Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Carrillo refused to surrender and a sheriff’s SWAT Team was brought in to assist, leading to a five-hour standoff that captured the media spotlight.
“For several hours, there were numerous attempts to have the suspect exit the location peacefully. The suspect however refused to comply and remained inside,” officials said at the time.
The standoff ended when deputies shot tear gas into the residence.
Carillo came out but tried to return inside, forcing deputies to use a dog to capture him, officials said.
Carillo faces more than 15 years to life in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26.
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