The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the case of a San Diego County man convicted of gunning down a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of a shopping center in the Marina del Rey area.
Jurors found Cameron Anthony Frazier of Vista guilty of first-degree murder for the Jan. 6, 2016, killing of Kristine Carman. Jurors also found true the special circumstance of murder during the commission of an attempted robbery, along with an allegation that Frazier personally used a gun.
Frazier was also found guilty of two counts of attempted robbery involving the victim’s sister and the boyfriend of the victim’s sister, along with one count of assault with a firearm.
The boyfriend of the murder victim’s sister had arranged to meet someone in the parking lot to sell medical marijuana, Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan said after the verdict.
The man grew suspicious about Frazier because he didn’t match the photo from the driver’s license that had been supplied, and the two struggled after Frazier demanded two pounds of marijuana buds inside the vehicle, where Carman and her sister were waiting, the prosecutor said.
Frazier fired one shot into the car and another at the would-be marijuana seller as that man ran toward a restaurant, according to the deputy district attorney.
Carman — who was visiting from Texas — was struck just below her left eye, Hanrahan said.
Frazier was arrested 12 days later in connection with the killing in the parking lot of the Villa Marina Marketplace.
The District Attorney’s Office opted not to seek the death penalty against Frazier, who was sentenced just over two years ago to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In a June 26 ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s contention that Frazier’s life prison sentence was unconstitutional.
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