SANTA MONICA—Ryan Taylor Bright, 27, was convicted Monday, December 22, for the second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his long time friend and roommate Jensen Gray, 27.
In the United States, the difference between a first-degree and a second-degree murder is that the latter is not premeditated or planned in advance.
Bright was convicted of killing Gray, after a party on July 11, 2012.
Police, responding to a report that someone had been stabbed, arrived at the Archestone Santa Monica apartment building located at 425 Broadway to find Gray, lifeless, on the floor with several stab wounds.
Authorities located the suspect, Bright, a block away and he was arrested on murder charges. He was held behind bars on a $1 million bail.
Bright and Gray had attended Laguna Beach High School together and the two became roommates shortly before Gray’s death.
They had also reportedly been co-defendants in a 2007 drug possession case.
Bright will return to court for sentencing on February 20, 2015.