Mur­der con­vic­tion up­held

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AN­GE­LES (CNS) — A state ap­peals court panel to­day up­held an An­te­lope Val­ley woman’s con­vic­tion for fa­tally shoot­ing her mar­ried boyfriend nearly five years ago.

Ana Rosenda Man­cio, also known as Ana Del­gado, of Lit­tle­rock, was con­victed in June 2018 of first-de­gree mur­der for the April 28, 2015, slay­ing of Miguel Romero, 46.

In a 35-page rul­ing, the three-jus­tice panel from Cal­i­for­nia’s 2nd District Court of Ap­peal found there was “sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence of Man­cio’s mo­tive to kill Romero.”

“Man­cio had a strong mo­tive to kill: her lover of four years abruptly spurned her and re­turned to his wife, while at the same time Ed­win (Man­cio’s hus­band of 20 years) learned of the af­fair. Fur­ther, sig­nif­i­cant ev­i­dence im­pli­cates Man­cio in the plan­ning and com­mis­sion of the crime,” the panel found.

The jus­tices also con­cluded that the de­fen­dant’s con­duct af­ter the mur­der “also pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant ev­i­dence of her in­volve­ment.”

“Man­cio quit her job the day of the mur­der, and she and her daugh­ters fled just hours af­ter the mur­der, leav­ing the house in dis­ar­ray,” ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing. “Man­cio aban­doned the fam­ily horses, live­stock and large pets with no pro­vi­sion for their care, tak­ing only the small pug dog.”

Romero was shot five times in the head and once in the wrist while de­liv­er­ing rolls of corn for an­i­mals in Lit­tle­rock, ac­cord­ing to Deputy District At­tor­ney Scott Yang, who called it a “vi­cious mur­der.”

The vic­tim’s wife had con­fronted Man­cio and Man­cio’s hus­band about the de­fen­dant’s af­fair with the vic­tim three days be­fore the killing, but the mo­tive for the shoot­ing was not clear, the pros­e­cu­tor said shortly af­ter Man­cio was con­victed.

Cel­lu­lar tele­phone records in­di­cate that Man­cio’s phone was in the vicin­ity around the time of the crime, and a

wit­ness said she saw some­one re­sem­bling Man­cio in a ve­hi­cle near the scene of the shoot­ing about 30 min­utes be­fore hear­ing the gun­shots, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor.

Romero was found dead in­side his Nis­san truck by his wife, whom he had asked to find the lo­ca­tion on­line hours ear­lier, Yang said. She went to look for him af­ter he failed to re­spond to phone calls and text mes­sages, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

Man­cio sub­se­quently fled the coun­try through Mex­ico to Gu­atemala by claim­ing a fam­ily emer­gency, ac­cord­ing to ev­i­dence pre­sented in court. Her hus­band had left the United States three days be­fore the killing, ac­cord­ing to the ap­pel­late court panel’s rul­ing.

She was ar­rested in Or­lando, Fla., in July 2017 on a war­rant charg­ing her with Romero’s mur­der af­ter try­ing to buy a gun that was the same type of gun she had owned in Cal­i­for­nia, where she de­nied liv­ing when she was first in­ter­viewed by Or­lando po­lice,

Man­cio, now 45, was sen­tenced to 26 years to life in state prison in July 2018.

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