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Man convicted of 1998 killing of German tourist in Santa Monica

Paul Edmond CarpenterA man who fled to Jamaica after the 1998 killing of a German tourist in Santa Monica was convicted of murder in connection with the crime, authorities said Monday night.

Paul Edmond Carpenter was convicted Monday of killing Horst Fietze during a botched robbery of German tourists at the Loews Hotel in October 1998, the Santa Monica Police Department said.

Carpenter fled after the slaying and eluded authorities for nearly 10 years until an anonymous tip helped Santa Monica police and the FBI locate him in Jamaica.

His trial lasted two weeks, police said. He was convicted of one count of murder with special circumstances and three counts of attempted robbery. Carpenter is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30.

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Photo: Paul Edmond Carpenter. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department

 
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