Gang member convicted in 1994 cold case murder
KABC | May 15, 2012
VAN NUYS, Calif. — A gang member connected to a 1994 cold case murder through DNA evidence was convicted of the crime Monday.
Following a nine-day trial, it took jurors two days to convict Kevin Bernard Smith Jr., 36, of the first-degree murder of Rupert “Rudy” Thompson, 73, and the attempted murder of Thompson’s then 69-year-old wife.
Smith faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder, plus one life term for the attempted murder.
On Jan. 26, 1994, Smith broke into the Thompson’s North Hollywood home at 1 a.m. During the burglary, Smith entered the victims’ bedroom and shot both Thompson and his wife in the chest with a .380 caliber handgun. He also struck Thompson over a dozen times in the head with the gun.
Smith, a Rolling 20s gang member whose moniker is “Jazzy,” ransacked the home and fled with a typewriter and jewelry.