UCLA Student Was Stabbed to Death Before Fire, DA Says in Announcing Charges

UCLA Student Was Stabbed to Death Before Fire, DA Says in Announcing Charges

By Tracy Bloom and Melissa Pamer, KTLA 5 News

A UCLA student whose body was found inside a burning apartment in Westwood was stabbed to death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in announcing murder charges against two men in the case on Tuesday.

Albert Hinojosa Medina and Eric Marquez, both 22, were charged with murder, according to a news release from the DA’s office.

They were scheduled to be arraigned in the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Medina allegedly burglarized an apartment near Andrea “Andy” Lauren DelVesco’s and then entered another unit where he fatally stabbed her and set the apartment on fire, according to the DA’s office.

He was charged with one count of capital murder with the special circumstance of murder during a robbery, and a special allegation that he personally used a knife; one count of arson of a dwelling; and two counts of first-degree burglary.

Medina, from Fresno, is eligible for the death penalty. The prosecutor has not decided whether to see death.

Eric Marquez is shown in a photo from his Facebook page.

Eric Marquez is shown in a photo from his Facebook page.

Marquez, a UCLA student, was charged with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary. His alleged involvement in DelVesco’s death was not made clear by the DA’s office.

The two men were arrested over the weekend and booked on suspicion of murder, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Monday.

Marquez was taken into custody on Sunday near his Westwood apartment. Authorities arrested Medina the previous day at his home in Fresno.

DelVesco, a 21-year-old senior from Austin, Texas, was found deceased by firefighters inside a burning unit in a Roebling Avenue apartment building near the UCLA campus on the morning of Sept. 21.

She was initially identified the following day in a statement from her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.

The coroner’s office confirmed the young woman’s identity on Monday after the arrests were announced.

DelVesco had been charged July 8 with four felony counts of possession of controlled substance for sale, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint against her.

DelVesco’s body was discovered four days before she had been scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Police have not commented on whether the killing was tied to the criminal charges DelVesco faced. LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division was continuing to investigate the killing.

Prosecutors planned to ask that Medina be held without bail, and that Marquez be held on $1.1 million bail.

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