- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of killing and dismembering a man in a downtown Los Angeles hotel room while acting out a grisly fantasy.

Forty-one-year-old Edward Garcia Jr. was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder involving robbery and torture. He’s facing life in prison without chance of parole.

Prosecutors argued that Garcia and his wife lured an acquaintance, 49-year-old Herbert Tracy White, to the Continental Hotel in November of 2010 and killed him while acting out a fantasy about carving up a human being.

Authorities say some of White’s remains were found in a backpack and others under a blood-stained mattress.

Garcia’s attorney acknowledged the killing but disputed that it was premeditated.

Garcia’s wife, 30-year-old Melissa Hope Garcia, is awaiting trial.


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