HOLLYWOOD—Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 32, was found guilty on one count of first-degree murder, as well as a special circumstance allegation that the murders was committed for financial gain on Tuesday, December 13.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Obioha fatally shot Carrie Melvin, 30, in Hollywood in 2015. Jurors deliberated for over 1 day before announcing their verdict to the court. The panel also found true a gun allegation against the suspect.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee with the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
On July 5, 2015, Obioha shot and killed Melvin as she walked with her boyfriend near Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place. The suspect owed the victim money for some marketing work she completed for his business. Prosecutors noted the murder was a result of a business dispute between Obioha and Melvin.
Sentencing for Obioha is scheduled for January 5, 2017. He faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.