Conviction in slaying of behavioral scientist on Highland Park street corner
A jury today convicted a man in the 2008 slaying of a well-known behavioral scientist with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, according to L.A. County prosecutors.
The shooting death of Christopher O’Leary, 34, as he was walking near his home shocked the community.
The suspect was 17 at the time of the shooting. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, the suspect, now 19, was convicted after the jury deliberated for less than 40 minutes.
O'Leary was an employee at the Department of Public Health in the sexually transmitted disease prevention program. Having a doctorate in medical anthropology, O'Leary assisted in launching two STD prevention campaigns. The first, "Check Yourself," was aimed at preventing the spread of syphilis among gay men. The second, "I Know," attempted to prevent the spread of chlamydia and gonorrhea among women of color.
Photo: O'Leary. Times File