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Tellez guilty of murder in shooting death

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Elpidio Dejesus Tellez of second-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 2012, shooting death of Jesse James Nunez outside a midtown bar.

The jury deliberated for nearly a week before it returned the verdict.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Kindall argued that Tellez, now 37, murdered Nunez, who was 36 at the time of his death, out of jealousy over the victim’s relationship with the defendant’s ex-wife.

Defense attorney Jesse Ortiz said Tellez acted in self-defense in the shooting that took place in front of the old Monte Carlo bar on 15th and S streets.

Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle scheduled Tellez’ sentencing for Nov. 21.

Tellez is facing a prison term of 40 years to life for the murder conviction plus his personal discharge of a firearm. The jury also convicted him on the added charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property – the murder weapon, a .45-caliber handgun he bought illegally.

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