Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students

By Marisa Gerber / La Times
October 27, 2014

usc convictionA jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of graduate students near USC two years ago, in a case that rocked the campus and became international news.

Javier Bolden stroked his chin and laughed quietly after the verdict was announced. His mother gasped, dropped her forehead into her palms and began to sob as a clerk read that Bolden had also been found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm in a separate shooting involving two victims outside a banquet hall in South L.A. a couple of months earlier.

The April 11, 2012, shooting of Ming Qu and Ying Wu was one of several violent incidents that prompted the university to increase security on its campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. The victims were 23-year-old engineering students from China, and their deaths raised fears in China about the safety of students at the school. USC has the largest foreign student population of any U.S. university; about 3,000 of its 8,000 international students are from China.

The verdict came after a six-day trial in a downtown L.A. courtroom, in which a prosecutor played a video of detectives interrogating Bolden after his arrest. At first, Bolden was evasive. When a detective asked him if he remembered being involved in any shootings, Bolden responded flatly: “No.”

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