A man was convicted of murder Thursday in the fatal stabbing of a Cal State Northridge student who had advertised an Audi for sale on Craigslist, prosecutors said.
A jury deliberated just 15 minutes before finding 29-year-old Agustin Rosendo Fernandez guilty in the killing of Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, a 23-year-old engineering student from Saudi Arabia whose body was found dumped on the side of a freeway in October 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
Fernandez was also convicted on a special allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery and carjacking, and also the allegation that Fernandez used a knife as a deadly weapon.
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Fernandez answered Alkadi's ad for a $36,500 Audi convertible and the two met at the student's Northridge home near campus on Sept. 17, 2014, prosecutors and police said.
Fernandez killed Alkadi the same day and dumped the body alongside the 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, about 40 miles east of the Beaumont location where Alkadi's cellphone was used just before being deactivated.
Alkadi's body was found about a month later with multiple stab wounds, and the car was tracked down to Fernandez's apartment in Long Beach.
Fernandez was arrested and made statements that led to Alkadi's body.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Fernandez had killed Alkadi to keep both the car and the money.
Fernandez faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court Aug. 12.