Orange County man convicted of killing roommate

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Updated: 7/29 10:36 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his roommate, an Iraq War veteran who had been missing for two weeks before authorities found her body buried in a remote canyon.

The Orange County District Attorney's office says 55-year-old Kwang Chol Joy was convicted Tuesday.

Officials say 36-year-old Maribel Ramos went missing from her apartment in May 2013. Authorities found her body in a shallow grave near Modjeska Canyon.

Prosecutors said Joy was in love with Ramos and decided if he couldn't have her, he was going to make sure no one did.

Joy said he and Ramos loved each other as friends.

Joy's attorney emphasized the lack of physical evidence that he killed her, with prosecutors lacking even a cause of death.

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