A 34-year-old man who eluded capture for 11 years has been convicted in the 1998 killing of a German tourist in Santa Monica.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated a day and a half before convicting Paul Edmond Carpenter Oct. 24 of the first-degree murder of Horst Fietze, 52, county district attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila said. The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during the course of a robbery.
Carpenter was additionally convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree robbery with a principal armed allegation found to be true, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace of the Major Crimes Division.
Carpenter, along with three others, was identified as a suspect in the attempted robbery of a group of German tourists near the Loews Hotel in October 1998. During the botched robbery, Fietze was shot and killed.
Soon after the crime, investigators located and arrested three of the four suspects, including the gunman. The three suspects – Roshana Latiesha Roberts, 31, Lamont Dion Santos, 33, and Tyrina Lakeisha Griffin, 30, were convicted in 2001 in connection with the crimes, Davila said.
As the investigation progressed, it was determined that the fourth suspect, Carpenter, had possibly fled the country. After the Santa Monica Police Department and the FBI collaborated in an effort to apprehend Carpenter for nearly 10 years, investigators received tips that he was living in Jamaica under an assumed name.
Jamaican authorities deported Carpenter to the U.S. in 2009 to stand trial for his crimes, Davila said.
Carpenter, who is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Airport Courthouse, faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Davila said.