The California Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a San Fernando Valley man convicted of the stabbing deaths of two men at house parties in Pacoima and South Los Angeles within a nearly five-week period.
On Wednesday, the state’s highest court denied the defense’s petition seeking its review of the case of Jesse Alexander Cardoza of Arleta, who was convicted in January 2019 of first-degree murder for the Oct. 29, 2016, killing of Victor Garcia, 22, and second-degree murder for the Sept. 24, 2016, slaying of Martin Kennedy, 18.
The jury also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, along with an allegation that Cardoza personally used a knife.
Cardoza stabbed Garcia in the neck in an unprovoked attack as the victim tried to help people disperse and to diffuse tensions among other party-goers as a house party in Pacoima was closing down, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A month earlier, Cardoza was among a group of people who attacked Kennedy after a house party in South Los Angeles. Cardoza stabbed Kennedy in the back of the head and in the back, killing him, prosecutors said.
Two other men charged in that attack pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and were sentenced to state prison.
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