A man accused of fatally shooting a woman at a security business in south Sacramento in June 2014 has been convicted of first-degree murder.
A Sacramento County jury on Monday found David A. Romero, 19, guilty in the death of 49-year-old Thu Lan Tran, with special circumstances that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The jury also found that Romero used a firearm in the course of the murder.
Thu Lan Tran worked as the office manager of her brother’s security business in the 5600 block of 28th Street. On June 27, Romero went into the business and shot Tran behind the ear, killing her. He then took her laptop bag, which contained cash, paychecks and checkbooks.
The owner of a shop across the street saw Romero leave the business carrying the laptop bag and went to check on Tran. He found her face down in a pool of blood.
The neighboring shop owner ran to his car to try to find Romero. He spotted Romero in a van and followed him while calling 911. He was able to get most of the license plate number, which police investigators used to identify the van and Romero.
At Romero’s apartment, police found hidden cash matching the cash taken in the robbery. During questioning, Romero and his girlfriend were left alone and the two whispered to each other about the murder. In that conversation, authorities said, Romero stated that the police would have to let him go because he had burned all the evidence.
Romero is to be sentenced June 19 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.
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