After a week of deliberation, a federal jury found David Meza, 26, guilty of domestic violence resulting in murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the slaying of 51-year-old Texas retiree Jake Merendino. Merendino was found stabbed 24 times and his throat was slit in a ravine near Rosarito, Mexico, on May 2, 2015.
Meza didn’t outwardly react to the verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 7.
Authorities argued that Meza killed his millionaire lover so he could inherit Merendino’s $3 million estate and his $273,000 oceanfront condo.