David Carrillo, 32, of Los Angeles, has been convicted on one count of second-degree murder in connection with a 2015 murder that ended with a police standoff in Santa Monica.

Carrillo is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26 and faces more than 15 years to life in state prison.

According to Ricardo Santiago with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Carrillo killed Wesley Morejon, 30, on Feb. 10, 2015 with a folding knife. The two men were fighting outside a fast-food restaurant on the 8900 block of Vermont Ave and the pair knew each other from a substance abuse program they both attended.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified Carrillo as the suspect through the use of video surveillance and witness statements. He was located in Santa Monica two weeks after the attack and arrested after a multi-hour standoff that included the use of the Sheriff’s helicopter, the SWAT team and a K-9 unit. The arrest shut down the area around the 800 block of Ocean Park Boulevard for several hours.

The standoff ended with officers used tear gas to force Carrillo out of the home. He tried to return to the apartment and was eventually subdued by a police dog.

Prosecutors had asked for a first-degree murder confiction that would have carred a 25-life sentence but the jury convicted Carrillo of the lesser charge.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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