Val­ley jury con­victs man of killing girl­friend

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­nobee.com

A jury con­victed a 35year-old man Fri­day of mur­der­ing his girl­friend in­side their Visalia home by stran­gling her, ac­cord­ing to the Tu­lare County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

An­dres Ybarra was ar­rested in July 2016 while at work, days af­ter first re­spon­ders found his girl­friend, 26-year-old Ruby Lopez, dead in her bed.

Ybarra claimed Lopez had over­dosed on pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion.

An au­topsy re­vealed four bro­ken ribs, lac­er­a­tions to her liver, a rup­tured kid­ney, dam­age to the re­nal artery, a black eye and a bro­ken nose, the Tu­lare County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said.

The au­topsy also showed the vic­tim’s body had signs of stran­gu­la­tion — hem­or­rhag­ing in her neck and head and a bro­ken bone in her neck. The cause of death was ruled as stran­gu­la­tion and blunt force trauma.

Ybarra’s sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 28 in Tu­lare County Su­pe­rior Court. He faces 15 years to life in prison.

An­dres Ybarra

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