Spokane
39° F
Overcast
Overcast
Coeur d'Alene
36° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Idaho jury finds man guilty in triple murder

Published On: Nov 08 2012 12:38:41 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2012 03:42:55 PM CST
BOISE, Idaho -

A jury in southwestern Idaho has found a man guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her two young sons a decade ago.

Jurors returned the guilty verdicts against Jorge Alberto Lopez-Orozco just after noon Thursday, after a two-week trial. Sentencing is set for Jan. 14.

Prosecutors said Lopez-Orozco shot and killed Rebecca Ramirez and her boys in August 2002 because Ramirez planned to leave him. Two fisherman later found the burned remains of Lopez-Orozco's car and the bodies in Elmore County.

Lopez-Orozco's attorney Terry Ratliff told jurors that Lopez-Orozco was driving with Ramirez and the boys when someone shot at them. He said Lopez-Orozco ran away from the car hoping to lead the shooter away, and that he fled to Mexico because he was here illegally.

Lopez-Orozco was arrested in Mexico in 2009.

Advertisement