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Man convicted of raping, killing woman in 1998 cold case

May 21, 2012 | 10:04 pm

Louis Acosta was convicted of raping and killing Dung Duong in the 1998 case A man was convicted Monday of raping and killing a 42-year-old Anaheim woman in a 1998 cold case that was solved with DNA evidence, authorities said.

Dung Duong would often sleep on a makeshift mattress behind a counter of her Anaheim market.

Louis Roger Acosta, 41, was charged with breaking into the market, beating Duong on the head with a blunt object and raping her on the mattress, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

She bled to death and was found hours later by a customer who saw her through a store window.

The case went unsolved until 2004, when Acosta was linked to the crime while serving time in Washington for robbery, according to the district attorney's office.

Acosta was found guilty of one count of special circumstances murder in the commission of rape and faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 31 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

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— Robert J. Lopez

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Photo: Roger Louis Acosta. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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