Jealousy Motivated Soccer Player's Murder: Jury

Francisco Rodriguez was shot and killed after answering a knock at his family's door

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 7:01 PM PDT
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Two Arrested in Soccer Player's Murder

Police arrested Elizabeth Ibarra and Jason Schuman Monday night in connection with the shooting death of a high school soccer player.

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A 26-year-old Calabasas man was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of an El Camino Real High School soccer player, gunned down in front of his Woodland Hills home by a man who believed the victim was in a relationship with his girlfriend.

It took Los Angeles jurors less than a day on Thursday to convict Jason Alejandro Schumann in the slaying of 17-year-old Francisco "Pancho'' Rodriguez Jr. He was shot on Jan. 11, 2012 outside his home.

Rodriguez, an El Camino senior goalie, was killed after a soccer game. He was shot after Schumann's girlfriend, Elizabeth Ibarra, allegedly knocked on the front door of the home, luring the victim outside.

Ibarra was arrested, but not charged in the case.

Jurors decided Schumann was responsible for the killing and that it was motivated by jealousy. Schumann believed Rodriguez was in a relationship with Ibarra, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez met Schumann's girlfriend at a party and the two exchanged text messages, which Schumann discovered, prosecutors said.

Schumann faces 50 years to life in prison when he is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 1.

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