A Yorba Linda male who stabbed a 21-year-old to death at a Brea apartment building was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder.
An Orange County Superior Court jury likewise found that Austin Joseph Ambriz, 22, used a lethal weapon when he eliminated Luke Lindsey throughout a fight on Apr. 29, 2018 at the Birchwood Village apartment building.
Ambriz confessed to eliminating Lindsey, with district attorneys declaring Ambriz brought a knife to a fist-fight and his defense attorney contending Ambriz acted in self-defense.
Lindsey, a Yorba Linda citizen, was visiting his girlfriend’s house the night of the deadly conflict. Ambriz and another male reportedly came to the complex quickly before 4:30 a.m. to get a shared associate who was socializing with Lindsey.
Throughout closing arguments Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky informed jurors that Ambriz and Lindsay exchanged upset words that escalated into a shared fist-fight. The prosecutor stated Ambriz instantly took out a knife and plunged the four-inch blade into Lindsay’s abdomen.
“That is not a ‘get away from me alerting stab,'” Bokosky stated. “You are not attempting to flee. You are attempting to eliminate him by stabbing him in the gut that deep.”
Defense attorney Jeffery LeBeau informed jurors that the “taller, larger and stronger” Lindsey rushed Ambriz and assaulted him before he could get out of a cars and truck.
“The length of time do we need to wait when someone is attacking us to safeguard ourselves?” LeBeau asked. “He could not conquer him physically. He wasn’t huge enough or strong enough.”
It isn’t clear what sped up the argument in between the 2 men. The prosecutor stated that Ambriz, months previously, had actually stated he wanted to eliminate Lindsey, while the defense attorney declared that the male Ambriz was concerning get had actually falsely informed Lindsey that Ambriz wanted to combat him.
Ambriz is set up to go back to court for sentencing on March 19.