The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a man convicted of fatally stabbing his supervisor at a Domino’s Pizza in La Puente after repeatedly being told to make a series of deliveries about 3 1/2 years ago.

Rafael Sanchez, now 34, is serving a 26-year-to-life state prison sentence for the March 10, 2018, killing of Daniel Anthony Sanchez, who was not related to the defendant.

In a ruling in August, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s contention that the defendant’s conviction should be reduced from first-degree murder to second-degree murder.

“There is substantial evidence of planning,” the panel found in its 13-page ruling on Sanchez’s appeal.

“Defendant brought a knife to work, faked his departure from the busy kitchen, took the time to unfold his knife, and then approached Daniel from behind. This planning enabled defendant to have a weapon at the ready and to have the element of surprise.”

The panel noted that the attack occurred after the 21-year-old assistant manager asked the defendant three times, with the manager and another assistant manager echoing the final request for Rafael Sanchez to make the deliveries.

The justices also found that it was “not reasonably probable the jury would have reached a different result” if a judge had excluded the prosecution’s rebuttal evidence that the defendant possessed knives that were similar in design to the knife that he used to kill Daniel Sanchez, possessed police-related paraphernalia and flashed his security guard badge at someone — all in 2017.

The appellate court panel noted that the defendant called a psychologist, who said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder based on his reporting of the diagnostic elements of PTSD, but did nothing to verify the truth of anything he had told her.

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