A state appeals court panel Thursday upheld a transient’s conviction for fatally stabbing a South Los Angeles woman who had allowed him to stay at her apartment for about six weeks.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found that the evidence of Laevin Meikel Weatherspoon’s guilt — “including his DNA on the murder weapon and his own admission on the witness stand” that he stabbed Wanda Threadgill to death was “overwhelming.”

Threadgill — who had been stabbed 27 times — was found dead in her apartment on Dec. 17, 2013 after her daughter became concerned that she had not heard from her mother for nearly two weeks, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

Authorities determined that the 45-year-old woman had been killed nearly two weeks earlier.

Weatherspoon initially denied killing the woman, but acknowledged during the trial that he had stabbed her because she was “acting `kind of crazy,”’ according to the appellate court panel’s opinion.

Threadgill had allowed Weatherspoon — who was homeless — to live in her apartment for about six weeks, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

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

He was convicted in August 2017 of first-degree murder, with jurors finding true an allegation that he had used a knife in the commission of the crime. He was sentenced just over a year ago to 26 years to life in state prison.

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