A Van Nuys man was convicted Thursday of murdering one woman, then sexually assaulting another after forcing her to help him get rid of the body.
Paul Alan Ott, 38, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Edith I. Mejia, 42, of Los Angeles in January 2004. He faces possible life imprisonment when he is sentenced June 27 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor.
Prosecutors allege that Ott, who worked as a Hollywood stagehand lighting and striking sets, was in a drug-induced rampage when he killed Mejia, a casual friend. Ott later drove near the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart station and picked up a second woman, claiming he needed help finding his children, authorities said.
He took this woman to his Van Nuys apartment and made her help load Mejia's body into his Ford Explorer, police said. He then forced her to orally copulate him and left her bound and gagged, authorities said. The Times generally does not identify sexual assault victims.