A man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate at a Natomas apartment in February has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
A Sacramento County jury on Monday also found that Aaron Lee Ramzy, 24, used a deadly weapon, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
The victim, 23-year-old Zachary Kane, shared an apartment with three other young adults, one of whom was Ramzy’s sister. The roommates agreed to let Ramzy stay with them when he became homeless, authorities said.
On Feb. 23, Ramzy stabbed Kane more than 18 times as Kane sat in a chair watching movies with friends.
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Sacramento police responded about 10:55 p.m. to the 3300 block of Arena Boulevard, where they found Kane in critical condition. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.
Ramzy fled the scene before police arrived. He was spotted in Roseville two days later and was taken into custody by Roseville police.
Before the murder, authorities said, Ramzy exchanged text messages with his ex-girlfriend, stating that he intended to kill Kane. Kane’s three roommates testified that there had been no altercations or disagreements between Kane and Ramzy leading up to the killing.
Ramzy is to be sentenced Dec. 17 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley.