Monday, April 22, 2024

Man convicted of shooting father inside tent at California campground


A man charged with a string of shootings at and near a Southern California campground, including the killing of a pharmaceutical scientist while he slept inside a tent with his two children, will be arraigned Friday, his attorney said. was convicted of second-degree murder and other crimes.

Attorney Nick Okorocha said in an interview that Anthony Rouda, 46, was charged with the murder of Tristan Beaudet on June 22, 2018, but the jury convicted him of a lesser count.

Okorocha said Rauda was also convicted of three counts of attempted murder and five counts of theft.

They said the jury found Rouda guilty of seven counts of attempted murder in a series of shootings that took place nearly two years, from November 3, 2016, to June 22, 2018, in and around Malibu Creek State Park, about 34 miles west of Los Angeles. acquitted. ,

Beaudet, 35, was shot once in the chest. His daughters, then 2 and 4 years old, were uninjured.

Okorocha said two children were among those named as victims of attempted second-degree murder, for which Rauda was convicted.

Okorocha said Rouda was also convicted of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of the Tesla, which was being driven near the park.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In court, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case said the evidence was “overwhelming” that Rouda fired at unsuspecting drivers and was “chasing and killing campers” in the park, usually between 3 and 5 a.m. there was a pattern of hunting” City News Service reported,

The first shot was allegedly aimed at a man sleeping in a hammock. Rauda was acquitted of the crime.

Rauda was arrested in October 2018 for burglaries that targeted a community center and water district facility in the area, City News Service reported, Food was served during the break-in.

He was later included in the shoot.

Okorocha said there were enough gaps in the case that jurors found reasonable doubt in the prosecutor’s claims.

“The jury appears to be very careful and detail-oriented in its deliberations,” he added.