Calif. man convicted of throwing wife off cliff

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2009 1:15 AM

A 28-year-old man accused of throwing his new wife off a Southern California cliff has been convicted of murder.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about a day before finding Jason Manai of Torrance guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors alleged that Manai threw Julie Rosas off a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff in July 2005 because she wanted to annul their marriage. The two had been married for 13 days.

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Manai denied being at the cliff top, but cellular phone records placed him there.

He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 9.