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Lancaster man guilty in 2008 crossbow murder

Curtis Scott killed Angel Martinez, a retired Edwards AFB employee, who was out for a walk at night because he couldn't sleep.

June 08, 2010|Robert J. Lopez

A Lancaster man was found guilty Monday in the 2008 crossbow murder of a retired Edwards Air Force Base employee, authorities said.

Curtis Scott, 39, was found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the March 11, 2008, slaying, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Angel Martinez, 62, was found dead on a Lancaster street with an arrow piercing his chest. His body was spotted by a passerby at 13th Street East and Avenue K.

Prosecutors said Scott wanted to prove to his stepdaughter that he was "someone not to be messed with," according to the district attorney's office. So he used his crossbow in the random attack on Martinez, who was taking a walk because he couldn't sleep.

Scott faces 63 years to life in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 5.

robert.lopez@latimes.com

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