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Man, 87, convicted of killing wife with ax, trying to kill her son

July 27, 2011 |  2:59 pm

LuMichelle An 87-year-old San Gabriel Valley man was convicted Wednesday of murdering his wife with an ax and attempting to kill her son.

After 1 1/2 days of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury found James Che Ming Lu guilty of the July 2009 murder of his 55-year-old wife, Michelle.

The jury of six women and six men also convicted him of the attempted murder of her 32-year-old son, Ji Ma Zeng, and found that he committed the crime using a deadly weapon.

Homicide Report: Michelle Lu, 55

Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Murphy, who prosecuted the case, said Lu repeatedly struck his wife of nine years in the head with an ax as she lay in bed in their home on Rosemead Boulevard near Pasadena.

Lu then walked down the hall and tried to use the ax on her son, but the younger man managed to fend off the attack and flee to a neighbor’s house.

After the attack, Lu allegedly called authorities to alert them to the crime.

Lu was angry because he believed that he spent too much money on his wife and that she spent too much time away from home working, according to prosecutors.

In the time running up to the killing, Lu and his wife had argued.

He faces up to life in prison when he returns to court Sept. 7 for sentencing by Judge Clifford Klein.


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Photo: Michelle Lu. Credit: Department of Motor VehiclesClick to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report