Businessman Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Hollywood Shooting of Carrie Jean Melvin

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A businessman accused of fatally shooting a woman on a Hollywood street last year in an ambush over a disputed wage bill was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder.

Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha appears in a Los Angeles courtroom during closing arguments in his murder trial. He was convicted of fatally shooting Carrie Jean Melvin in Hollywood on July 5, 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha appears in a Los Angeles courtroom during closing arguments in his murder trial. He was convicted of fatally shooting Carrie Jean Melvin in Hollywood on July 5, 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Jurors deliberated about a day before finding Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha guilty, ending a mystery over the brazen slaying of Carrie Jean Melvin. The 30-year-old was killed by a shotgun blast at close range as she and her boyfriend walked to get food on a summer evening.

As the clerk read the verdict, the victim’s father closed his eyes and cried quietly into his hands. One row back, the defendant’s sister’s eyes widened and she mouthed, “what?” in disbelief.

The defendant stared ahead expressionless.

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