2nd defendant convicted in killing of USC student from China

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California as he walked to his off-campus apartment.

Andrew Garcia was found guilty Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

He’s the second of four defendants to go to trial. A young woman was convicted of the murder last year and two more defendants await trial.

Garcia was also convicted of robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Sentencing is set for July 11.

Authorities said 24-year-old Xinran Ji was attacked with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked home after a late-night study session.

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