A 38-year-old man was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing his live-in boyfriend at the West Hollywood apartment they briefly shared.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before acquitting Andre Davids of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for the March 29, 2014, stabbing death of Kurtland Ma, a 34-year-old emergency room doctor.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee called it “absolutely one of the most gruesome crime scenes that I or the homicide detectives have ever seen.”
Ma suffered about 40 stab wounds and was “disemboweled,” with some of his organs stuffed into his mouth and pill bottles and pills shoved into his body cavity, in a killing motivated by Ma’s decision to break up with Davids, the prosecutor said.
Davids, who was found inside a bathroom in the apartment, appeared to have taken a large amount of pills, authorities said. He was arrested the next day.
Davids is facing up to 12 years in state prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 21 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.
— Wire reports
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