A 31-year-old man was convicted Thursday of first- degree murder for killing a South Los Angeles woman who had allowed him to stay at her apartment.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Laevin Meikel Weatherspoon guilty of the December 2013 stabbing death of Wanda Threadgill, who had allowed the homeless man to live in her apartment for at least six weeks, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

Threadgill — who was wrapped in a comforter on her bedroom floor — was found dead after her daughter became concerned because she had not heard from her mother for nearly two weeks, the prosecutor said.

The 45-year-old woman had been stabbed 27 times, with Weatherspoon admitting during the trial that he had stabbed her with a butcher knife that was shown in a photograph in court during his trial, Higgins said.

Weatherspoon was arrested in Chicago in February 2014 after a warrant was issued for his arrest, and was returned to Los Angeles County to stand trial.

Weatherspoon is facing 26 years to life in state prison, with sentencing set Sept. 22.

–City News Service

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