News reports say Little was convicted of beating Deborah Ann Treptor, 35, multiple times and stabbing her to death.
The crimes occurred in Los Angeles, Calif.
Unlike the murders of nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina this week, the murder didn't attract national media attention, was not exploited to exacerbate racial hatred, nor did the governor hold a news conference to declare the heart and soul of California had been broken.
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Deborah Ann Treptor, a 35-year-old white woman, was fatally stabbed Thursday, May 15, in the 1400 block of East 109th Street in Watts, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 1 a.m., Treptor was found with multiple stab wounds by a fellow resident of the transitional housing center where she lived, said Los Angeles police Det. Sal LaBarbera.
Treptor was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:22 a.m., said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman.
Treptor was in an ongoing dispute with her boyfriend, Mark Anthony Little, a 50-year-old black male.
Little had moved out of the home two weeks ago because the two were having relationship problems.
That night, Little allegedly went to the home, asked for her, then went into her room and stabbed her multiple times, LaBarbera said.
Little was arrested on suspicion of murder the same day.
A 51-year-old man was convicted last week of beating his girlfriend on multiple occasions then fatally stabbing the 35-year-old woman in 2014 after she ended the relationship, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A jury deliberated for less than two days before finding Mark Anthony Little, a black man, guilty of first-degree murder June 12. He was also convicted of two counts of corporal injury, one count each of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, simple battery of a cohabitant and criminal threats. Jurors also found weapon allegations true.
Little was in relationship with Deborah Ann Treptor for about two years and lived with the woman. Prosecutors said Little severely beat Treptor multiple times between December 2013 and April 2014, and Little threatened to kill the woman if she reported the abuse.
On April 29, 2014, Treptor broke up with Little, and Little moved out.
Little tried to get back together with Treptor and told family that he would not allow her to leave him.
Shortly before 1 a.m. two weeks later, Little went to Treptor’s Watts home, walked into her room and stabbed her twice in the neck.
A fellow resident at the transitional housing center found Treptor and called 911.
During the trial, prosecutors displayed surveillance video that showed Little running away after the attack. Other evidence included discarded gloves with both Treptor’s blood and Little’s DNA.
Little faces a maximum sentence of 122 years to life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced July 20 at the Compton Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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