A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Daytime Emmy Award-winner for stabbing his tenant, who laughed after the assailant said he would win five Academy Awards.
Andre Salaman Bautista — who won a Daytime Emmy as a co-producer of the online soap opera “The Bay” — was found guilty last year of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and knife use and great bodily injury allegations stemming from the Sept. 8, 2015, attack in Studio City. He was subsequently sentenced to 13 years in state prison.
Bautista’s contention on appeal was that his waiver of a jury trial was invalid because his attorney did not join in the waiver. But the court’s record shows that the defense lawyer did join, even though he noted that it was against his recommendation, the appellate court panel found in its five-page ruling.
“Defense counsel in this case not only agreed to `go along with’ defendant’s waiver, he expressly joined in it,” the justices found.
Bautista stabbed his tenant in the chest on Sept. 8, 2015, after the man laughed when Bautista said he would win five Oscars, according to testimony presented during his trial.
Bautista had previously written and starred in an independent movie about a landlord who killed his tenants, according to evidence presented in court.
Bautista — who won his Daytime Emmy under the name Andre Bauth — surrendered later to authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
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