Court refuses to review case of Turnbull Canyon killers

From City News Service:
LOS ANGELES — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case against three men convicted of the October 2002 murder of a 17-year- old Baldwin Park girl whose body was dumped on a Hacienda Heights street.
The state’s highest court denied the defense’s petitions seeking review of the case against Abraham Ruben Acuna, Matthew Andrew Garcia and Victor Manuel Monge.
The three were charged in January 2008 and convicted in June 2009 of first-degree murder for the slaying of Gloria Gaxiola, who was strangled and shot to death on Oct. 12, 2002.
The teenager — who had been killed in the Turnbull Canyon area — was pushed out of a car, but her foot got stuck on a seatbelt and her body was dragged from the vehicle for about 4 1/2 miles, to the location where it was found on Hacienda Boulevard, near Colima Road.
Last November, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected claims by the three that there were errors in their trial, including the admission of two photographs showing Gaxiola’s injuries.
Acuna was sentenced in July 2009 to 55 years to life in state prison, while Garcia was ordered to serve 80 years to life and Monge was sentenced to 85 years to life.
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