A Long Beach man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex- girlfriend — who had obtained a temporary restraining order against him just over a week earlier — is facing up to 19 years to life in state prison, a prosecutor said Friday.
Jurors found Ngounsay Keo, 60, guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday for the April 13, 2016, killing of Karina Duch, who was stabbed 19 times with a kitchen knife, according to Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kelley.
Jurors also found true an allegation that he used a knife in the commission of the crime, along with convicting Keo of one count of criminal threats against the 40-year-old woman.
Duch — with whom Keo had a 23-year relationship and two children– was found dead in a bedroom the couple had shared in the 1200 block of Stanley Avenue in Long Beach, the prosecutor said.
The woman had moved out of the couple’s home with their children eight days earlier and obtained a temporary restraining order against him, Kelley said.
It was unclear why Duch returned to the home.
Forensic evidence indicated that the woman was stabbed in the living room and then moved to the bedroom after she died, the prosecutor said.
Keo left a suicide note and an envelope with more than $2,500 in cash for the couple’s two sons and stabbed himself once, Kelley said.
The couple’s 7-year-old son walked into the home, saw his father and then ran back to a neighbor’s house where he had been playing, and the neighbor called 911, according to the prosecutor.
The boy was subsequently reunited with family members and his 14-year- old sibling.
When officers responded to the home, Keo refused commands to drop a knife or to let officers into the residence, and officers used “less lethal options” to take him into custody, police said.
Keo was subsequently taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, and was booked a day later.
He has remained behind bars since then, and is due back in a Long Beach courtroom for sentencing Dec. 11.
–City News Service
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