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Conviction in slaying of behavioral scientist on Highland Park street corner

November 17, 2009 |  5:12 pm

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.

Christopher_oleary_34He was killed near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Avenue 46. He was on his way to a store when a gunman approached and shot him. A passerby discovered the body and reported it to police. 

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. 

--Shelby Grad

Read the original Homicide Report post on O'Leary's slaying

Photo: O'Leary. Times File