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One of two men charged with murder of UCLA student may face death penalty


One of the men arrested in connection with the death of UCLA student Andrea “Andy” DelVesco may face the death penalty, according to prosecutors. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin senior staff)

One of the men arrested in connection with the death of UCLA student Andrea “Andy” DelVesco may face the death penalty, according to prosecutors. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin senior staff)


One of the men arrested in connection with the death of UCLA student Andrea “Andy” DelVesco may face the death penalty, according to prosecutors.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Eric Marquez, a fifth-year biology student, and Alberto Medina, both 22, over the weekend after forensic evidence and witness statements linked the two to a suspected homicide and arson.

Prosecutors said Medina, a Fresno State University student, entered the apartment and fatally stabbed DelVesco with a knife before setting the apartment on fire, according to a Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office press release.

Los Angeles District Attorney spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Medina is being held without bail because he was charged with capital murder with a special circumstance of murder during a robbery. Ardalani added Medina could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors also charged Medina with one count of arson and two counts of first-degree burglary.

County prosecutors charged Marquez with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary.

Marquez and Medina are scheduled to appear at the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court after 2 p.m. LAPD is still investigating the case.

Compiled by Roberto Luna Jr., Bruin senior staff.

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