A former Marine could face the death penalty after his conviction last week of murdering and then raping an Irvine woman.
An Orange County Superior Court jury will return Wednesday to begin the penalty phase of the trial of Robert L. Sellers, after finding him guilty of the 1979 slaying and sexual attack.
Sellers could be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Sellers, now 28, admitted that he had become obsessed with 22-year-old Savannah Leigh Anderson, who lived at an apartment complex where he was moonlighting as a security guard. When he learned that she didn't feel the same way, he said, he went into a rage and killed her.
Although his fingerprints had been taken routinely along with those of other security guards in the building, Sellers slipped through the police investigation for five years. But in 1984, Scott Cade, an Irvine Police Department officer reviewing the case, noticed that Sellers' fingerprints matched a bloody print left in Anderson's bathroom.