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Hemet man convicted of killing, dismembering and burning teen

October 27, 2011 |  5:54 pm

JosecamposA Riverside County jury on Thursday convicted a  Hemet man of murdering, dismembering and burning the body of a man visiting his home to watch a San Diego Chargers football game in 2009.

Jose Manuel Campos, 19, faces up to 50 years in prison for the killing.

Campos was at his parents’ home in Hemet with three others when the murder occurred Nov. 15, 2009. The victim, 17-year-old Andrian Rios, got into a fight with another man after the game. Campos joined in the fight and eventually shot Rios in the head with a .22-caliber rifle, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office.

Campos and co-defendant Ivan Ruiz rode their bicycles to a nearby gas station, where Campos was captured by surveillance cameras eating a hamburger, and returned with a container of gasoline.

They moved the victim’s body to a makeshift grave in the backyard and set it ablaze, and at some point also dismembered the body, authorities said.

The victim’s body parts were later recovered by investigators in the backyard and in nearby Canyon Lake.

Campos fled to Mexico but was caught and returned to the U.S. in March 2010. Ruiz pled guilty to being an accessory and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation.

Campos is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19


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Photo: Remains of Adrian Rios found in shallow grave. Photo credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5.