Couple guilty in murder of mother of 2-month-old

AP News
Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:18 PM

PLANADA, Calif. (AP) — A California couple is facing prison time after juries convicted them of luring an acquaintance to their home and strangling her to kidnap her 2-month-old boy.

The Merced Sun-Star reports ( ) that two juries deliberated the murder case against 34-year-old Maria Robles and 38-year-old Jose Velarde.

Velarde's jury convicted him late Monday of second-degree murder in the December 2010 slaying of 26-year-old Ana DeCeja.

Robles is facing life without parole after her jury found her guilty of first-degree murder Friday.

Authorities say the couple confessed to luring DeCeja and her baby to the couple's home and then strangling the mother. They panicked and abandoned the baby after media reported the incident.

The baby was reunited with his father after the child was found on a doorstep.