Javier Bolden, 22, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree
murder in connection with the slayings of 23-year-old engineering
students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, the Los Angeles County District
Attorney's Office said in a statement.
Bolden was also convicted for attempted murder and assault with a
firearm for a separate shooting earlier that year, the attorney's
Qu and Wu were shot to death early on April 11, 2012, as they were
sitting in a parked BMW outside Wu's rented home, a few blocks from
the USC campus.
Wu was found slumped over in the passenger seat, shot in the chest.
Qu staggered out of the car to a nearby home, where he collapsed.
A second defendant, 21-year-old Bryan Barnes, was sentenced to life
in prison without the possibility of parole in February after
pleading guilty to being the gunman.
The murders sent shockwaves through the campus. USC says it has the
largest number of international students at any major U.S.
The campus was shocked again this year when 24-year-old Xinran Ji,
an electrical engineering graduate student also from China, was
beaten to death with a baseball bat during a robbery.
Four teenagers pleaded not guilty in August to the killing, which
occurred near Ji's Los Angeles apartment several blocks from the
Following Ji's death, the college announced a series of security
improvements in August, the second major security upgrade at the
prestigious private school since the murders of Qu and Wu.
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The slayings have ignited a debate over whether USC and the Los
Angeles Police Department had provided adequate security in the
neighborhoods surrounding the urban campus.
University officials said the moves, which include increased
deployments of so-called neighborhood ambassadors, expanded car
escorts and upgraded video monitoring, further improved what they
termed one of the most sophisticated safety programs in higher
Bolden is set to be sentenced on Nov. 17, the attorney's office
said. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the
possibility of parole.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Robert
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