Horrible images show the moment when a student is brutally stabbed in a crowded bus while his murderer is sentenced to 26 years in prison for murder.
Manuel Ortiz Jr., 29, from Montebello, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the apparent random attack on Austin Zavala, 22, in Los Angeles on April 9, 2018.
Ortiz had boarded a bus in Montebello and had driven a few blocks before he went to Zavala.
He then stabbed him in the neck and head several times and fled the scene.
Horrible images show the moment that student Austin Zavala, 22, is brutally stabbed randomly in a bus while his murderer was sentenced to 26 years in prison for murder on Wednesday
Manuel Ortiz Jr., 29, from Montebello, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the apparent random attack on Austin Zavala, 22, in Los Angeles on April 9, 2018. The image above shows the time when Ortiz Jr. victim in a full bus
Ortiz Jr. was initially accused of attempted murder, but the charge was upgraded when Zavala died two months after the June 10 attack.
Ortiz Jr. sees footage released by authorities. calmly put on sunglasses and a hat while other passengers sit on either side of him.
He suddenly falls forward, seems to take a knife out of his pocket and attacks his victim. Zavala sits on the side of the bus and uses his cell phone, unaware of what is going to happen.
Zavala, a student from Whittier, was taken to a local hospital but died later. The authorities knew Ortiz Jr. and had released images of the shocking incident before they arrested him three days later.
Ortiz Jr. sees footage released by authorities. stand calmly and put on sunglasses and a hat while other passengers sit on either side of him
Ortiz Jr. then suddenly pops forward and seems to take a knife from his pocket and attacks his victim. Zavala sits on the side of the bus and uses his mobile
Judge Leslie A. Swain, judge in Los Angeles, described the case as & # 39; heartbreaking & # 39; because Ortiz was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 years to live in a state prison.
& # 39; It's rare to see such a crime like this, & # 39; he would have said by NBC Los Angeles.
Aracelli Wells, one of the victim's aunts, told the judge that her cousin & # 39; strong and tall & # 39; but was attacked in public transport without distinction.
She claimed: & # 39; A simple act of public transportation has now become a situation of life or death. & # 39;
Zavala, a student from Whittier, was taken to a local hospital and died for two months
Zavala & aunt Isabel said at the time of the attack that she prayed that Ortiz would recover
Patricia Zavala, another family member, claimed she was devastated when she discovered what had happened to her cousin and visited him every day while he was in the hospital. She claimed that he & # 39; will never get the chance to prosper & # 39 ;.
Deputy Prosecutor Marlene Martinez claimed that Ortiz first stabbed his victim in the head and then stabbed him again in the same area at least three times.
According to NBC, she said: & # 39; Austin Zavala was on a bus on his way to college … when the man committed this cowardly deed at the end of this table.
& # 39; He left Austin Zavala in a hospital for two months. & # 39; She couldn't give a reason why he came to an apparent stranger after boarding at the stop on Whittier Boulevard and Gerhart Avenue.
Prosecutors did not offer a motive for the attack, but claimed that DNA proof Ortiz Jr. placed on the spot
According to prosecutors, Ortiz had left a blue bag at the crime scene with fingerprints and other DNA evidence on it. He was arrested by the police three days after the attack
& # 39; We do not have to prove a motive. He may well have a motive in his head and we just don't know. & # 39;
According to prosecutors, Ortiz had left a blue bag at the crime scene with fingerprints and other DNA evidence on it.
Martinez told the court that & # 39; every little piece of evidence & # 39; in the bag proved his fault. Ortiz & # 39; cell phone had also placed him at the crime scene.
Kimberly Greene, a lawyer for Ortiz, claimed that the prosecution used indirect evidence to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
She claimed that no weapon was provided during the trial and that DNA evidence could have come from anyone's Gatorade bottle.
She had told the court: & # 39; They want to choose the evidence and choose & # 39 ;. & # 39; It's not your job to just face everything. & # 39;
Zavala & aunt Isabel said at the time of the attack that she was praying for Ortiz to recover, and they only found out hours later that he had been attacked.
She said to NBC Los Angeles: “We have put it in God's hands. We just hope someone gets some help, but it's very difficult, I just pray to the audience when they see something, please report it to the sheriff's department. & # 39;
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