- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A jury has found a 26-year-old man guilty of killing his 18-year-old girlfriend and her toddler in southeastern Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://goo.gl/qrfylL ) Prudencio Juan Fragos-Ramirez was convicted Friday of two counts of first-degree aggravated murder. The jury began deliberations Tuesday afternoon.

Fragos-Ramirez was accused of shooting Maria Cruz-Calvillo in July 2015 because he was possessive and obsessed with her.

Authorities say Cruz-Calvillo and her 3-year-old son, Luis Lopez-Cruz, were shot inside a car, which was then set on fire.

The burning vehicle was found in a ravine in northern Franklin County.

Attorney Scott Johnson argued that the mother and son likely were killed by drug dealers.

Fragos-Ramirez did not testify at his trial.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of early release or parole.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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