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Man convicted of murder in mysterious 2018 Malibu State Park campground shooting


A Los Angeles jury found a man guilty of second-degree murder on Friday Death due to bullet injury in 2018 Of a father who went camping with his young daughters – and the attempted murder of two young girls – all at a popular state park in the Malibu area of ​​Southern California.

it was one of mysterious bullet bite and break-ins in the dating sector back in 2016 that cast doubt on Anthony Rouda was charged in connection with.

Rouda, 46, fatally shot Tristan Beaudet in the head while the 35-year-old father, a chemist from Irvine, camped in a tent with his daughters on June 22, 2018, at Malibu Creek State Park, which is located downtown. It was about 30 miles north-west of Los Angeles, the jury returned its verdict.

While the jury found Rouda guilty of one count of attempted murder for shooting at a vehicle four days before Beaudet’s murder, he was found not guilty of seven other counts of attempted murder in multiple shootings.

However, the jury found him guilty on all five counts of burglary.

At the time, Beaudet’s murder – along with the revelation of other mysterious shootings – upset the surrounding community and led to the closure of the state park for nearly a year. Did it not again For campers as of May 2019.

The jury acquitted Rouda of first-degree murder, but convicted him of a second-degree felony. He faces sentences ranging from 40 years to life in prison and will be sentenced next month.

Conviction for first-degree murder requires the government to prove intent and premeditation. Second degree murder does not happen.

Beaudet’s daughters, then 2 and 4 years old, were not injured, but were believed to be victims of attempted murder. The jury convicted Rouda on counts of attempted murder related to the girls, but ruled that Rouda had not intentionally killed them or acted with premeditation.

Rowda had waived his right to appear in court and was not present for the verdict on Friday. Prosecutors declined to comment on the result.

Rouda’s attorney, Nicholas C. Okorocha, said after the verdict, “I appreciate how careful the jury appears to be.” “The jury did a good job being careful and detail-oriented.”

While investigating Beaudet’s shooting death, and prior to Rouda’s arrest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department revealed that there had been at least seven other unsolved shootings in the area as of November 2016.

Rouda was taken into custody in a canyon near the park on October 10, 2018, nearly four months after Beaudet’s murder, with a rifle in his backpack. Described by sheriff’s officials as a “survivalist” who lived outside, he was initially arrested in connection with several burglaries in the area, before being charged with the murder of Beaudet and other shootings.

Rouda served time in state prison, first for possession of explosives and later for possession of a loaded gun, which is illegal for people with felonies. Officials said he was on probation at the time of his arrest.

Much of Malibu Creek State Park, which has served as a set for movies and TV shows like “Mash,” has been ravaged by wildfires.

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