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Father, son convicted of murder in Santa Ana shooting case involving human traffickers

A father and his son were each convicted of murder and attempted murder Wednesday for a shooting attack involving human traffickers in Santa Ana.

The investigation into the 2000 shooting went cold and was reopened last year by Santa Ana Police Department detectives who developed new leads that led to Wednesday's convictions, authorities said.

Manuel Hernandez Juarez, 60, who lives in Riverside, was found guilty of killing a human trafficker and wounding another smuggler to avoid paying $1,500 for bringing his son from Mexico, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The son, Huber Juarez Vasquez, 38, was also found guilty of murder and attempted murder. He used a weapon brought by his father to shoot one of the smugglers during a meeting at a Burger King restaurant, according to prosecutors.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 5 at the Santa Ana courthouse.


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— Robert J. Lopez

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