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Man convicted in Lancaster crossbow murder of retiree

June 7, 2010 |  4:31 pm
A Lancaster man was found guilty Monday in the 2008 crossbow murder of a retired Edwards Air Force Base employee who was killed while taking a nighttime walk, authorities said.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Lancaster deliberated for three hours before finding Curtis Scott, 39, guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the March 11, 2008, slaying, the  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, according to authorities.

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 had taken 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 J. Lopez