A gang member was convicted Friday of a man’s shooting death outside a Westlake district church just over two years ago.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about 3 1/2 days before finding Pedro Martinez, 25, guilty of first-degree murder for the Nov. 4, 2012, killing of Andres Ordonez outside Iglesia Principe de Paz in the 3000 block of West Beverly Boulevard.
Jurors also convicted Martinez of one count each of attempted murder and vandalism, along with finding true gang and gun allegations. Jurors deadlocked on a second attempted murder count against him.
Martinez was set to be sentenced Jan. 30. He faces a potential life prison term with the possibility of parole.
Jurors deadlocked on charges against two women — Janeth Lopez, 24, and Ivy Navarrete, 33 — who face the same charges. They also are due back in court next month.
Authorities said Lopez was spray-painting red graffiti on a church wall when she was confronted by one of the parishioners, with Ordonez and another person then coming to the parishioner’s aid.
Ordonez, 25, was struck in the chest by a shot fired by Martinez, authorities said. Another person was wounded.
Ordonez’ widow, the granddaughter of the church’s pastor and three months pregnant at the time of the shooting, was sitting in a car in a nearby parking lot because she wasn’t feeling well. She told reporters at the time that she thought her husband was coming out to check on her when he encountered the tagger.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was a city councilman at the time, backed a $50,000 reward in the case and called the crime “perhaps one of the most reprehensible acts I’ve seen here in my entire time as a City Council member.”