First Posted: June 27, 2013 - 7:12 pm; Last Updated: June 27, 2013 - 7:16 pm
Orange County man convicted of killing neighbor he thought was pedophile
"SANTA ANA, California — A 36-year-old Orange County man has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his neighbor because he mistakenly thought the victim was a pedophile.
City News Service reports jurors deliberated for about two hours before convicting Robert Eugene Vasquez of San Juan Capistrano on Thursday.
Vasquez was accused of slashing the throat of Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr. and separately assaulting another neighbor two years ago.
Prosecutors called the crime an act of vigilantism."
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