LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The California Supreme Court refused today to review the case against an elderly San Gabriel Valley man who was convicted of killing his wife with an ax and trying to kill her son nearly four years ago.
The state’s highest court denied a defense petition seeking review of the case against James Che Ming Lu, who is serving a 26-year-to-life prison term on his July 2011 first-degree murder conviction for killing his 55-year- old wife, Michelle, and trying to kill his stepson, who was 32 at the time.
In March, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed Lu’s conviction.
That appellate court panel rejected the defense’s contention that there was insufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding that the attack was premeditated, deliberate and willful.
“The evidence overwhelmingly showed that there was no provocation. Contrary to defendant’s story that (his wife Michelle) Lu attacked him with a wood dowel or that she had a knife, no weapons were found in the bedroom,” the justices found in a ruling released March 4. “There were no signs of a struggle in defendant’s and Lu’s bedroom.”
Lu was 85 at the time of the July 26, 1999, crime, which occurred at the couple’s home in the 100 block of Rosemead Boulevard near Colorado Boulevard, in an unincorporated area between Pasadena and Arcadia. Lu’s wife was found dead in bed after suffering multiple blows from the ax. Her son managed to fend off the attack on him.
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