A 29-year-old woman involved in a deadly attempted robbery in Anaheim two years ago pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday and was facing 11 years in prison.
Diana Carolina Lopez was expected to testify against co-defendant Jasper Bear Belknap, who was scheduled to go on trial this week on a charge of murder with a special circumstance allegation of killing during a robbery. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
Jury selection was expected to begin in Belknap’s case on Tuesday.
The two are accused of killing 45-year-old Felipe Viera Lugo of Santa Ana on June 16, 2015, in the 1900 block of West Embassy Avenue, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney.
Lopez befriended Lugo and then “made a plan to rob the victim, and during the course of the robbery he was killed,” Birney said.
With Lopez behind the wheel of his Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the victim in the passenger seat, Belknap attempted to rob Lugo, Birney said.
The victim was stabbed and then during the struggle he fell out of the pickup truck and was dragged by the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries, Birney alleged.
–City News Service