Did the death of the sorority girl have anything to do with dealing drugs? DelVesco She was killed just days before she was due in court to answer for charges she possessed meth, mushrooms, ecstasy and LSD with an intent to distribute
Two LAPD cops are FIRED after responding to 911 call about UCLA student screaming but never knocking on her door – only for her to be found brutally stabbed 30 minutes later
Officers Rhoadell Sudduth and Alisha Williams were terminated over their handling of 911 call in the case of Andrea DelVesco
DelVesco, 21, a Psychology major was found stabbed to death inside her burnt out apt, September 21, 2015
Two college students, Alberto Medina and Eric Marquez, both 23, arrested a few days later in connection with DelVesco’s death
Officers responded to DelVesco’s building after a neighbor reported hearing a woman screaming, Sudduth and Williams conducted exterior search only, left six minutes later without knocking on door
30 minutes later, a fire broke out inside DelVesco‘s apt, firefighters found her burnt beyond recognition, her throat slashed
Alberto Medina to be tried for murder during a robbery, Eric Marquez for aiding and abetting murder
Medina is facing death penalty if convicted
Alberto Medina (left) and Eric Marquez (right) have each been charged with robbery and murder in the death of Andrea ‘Andy’ DelVesco
Officers Rhoadell Sudduth and Alisha Williams were terminated over the way they handled a 911 call that was made by Andrea DelVesco’s upstairs neighbor on the morning of September 21, 2015. The records revealed that responding officers did not knock on DelVesco’s door or try to access her apartment, and left just six minutes after they arrived.
The burnt remains of 21-year-old Andrea DelVesco was discovered inside the burnt apartment on September 21, 2015, half an hour after police responded to a report about a woman screaming
About 30 minutes after the cops’ departure, DelVesco’s unit was set on fire.
When firefighters put out the flames and entered the college student’s home, they discovered her charred remains inside. The woman had been brutally stabbed before her apartment was set alight.
Two college students, Alberto Medina and Eric Marquez, both 23, were arrested a few days later in connection to DelVesco’s killing. In March of this year, both men were ordered to stand trial in the case.
‘If they had gone into the apartment, maybe Andrea would be alive today,’ the victim’s mother, Leslie DelVesco, said of the police.
‘It astounds me and horrifies me that the police could have left and not made sure that all the girls in the apartment were OK.
Andrea ‘Andy’ DelVesco could she have been leading a leading Double life:
Ricos said that Sudduth and Williams exercised due diligence in searching the exterior of the building but concluded there was insufficient evidence of a crime to begin knocking on doors and waking up tenants.
The attorney maintains that knocking on DelVesco’s door would not have saved her because ‘she was dead before the officers got there.’
But the victim’s family questioned the lawyer’s assertions.
‘We’ll never know if when they responded to the initial 911 call, if Andrea was alive or not. But we do know the fire hadn’t been set then. So no matter what, we could have seen Andrea as we remembered her before her body was so badly burned.’
The charred remains on the psychology major is carried out of the burnt out apartment by officers
At 6.18am on September 21, 2015, a 911 dispatch center got a call from Sarah Muhr who said she heard screams and the sounds of a dog barking and whimpering seemingly coming from the unit directly beneath her apartment.
The woman, who was also a student at UCLA and knew DelVesco well, also recounted for the dispatcher that earlier that morning, she had seen a man in a tank top and baseball cap fleeing from the building on Roebling Avenue in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.
DelVesco’s upstairs neighbor said the LAPD cops failed to knock on her door when they arrived before the fire
Four police officers were sent to the scene in two vehicles, among them Sudduth and Williams.
The two veteran cops interviewed Muhr about what she heard and witnessed that morning and then proceeded to inspect the exterior of the apartment complex, checking doors and windows for signs of a break-in.
Sudduth wrote in his report that he saw his partner shine a flashlight into Andrea DelVesco’s bedroom and living room, but there was no one there.
‘No evidence of a crime,’ Sudduth concluded.
DelVesco was a psychology major and a sorority sister. She was murdered just days before she was due in court to answer for charges she possessed meth, mushrooms, ecstasy and LSD with an intent to distribute
All four officers then got back in their patrol vehicles and left.
A short time later, Sarah Muhr said she heard a loud bang from DelVesco’s apartment. She looked outside and saw the same man she had seen earlier jumping from her neighbor’s balcony. She also saw flames pouring out of DelVesco’s bedroom.
Muhr dialed 911 again, 40 minutes after placing the first call, and was asked to repeat the description of the suspect she had given earlier that morning. She asked the dispatcher to send over an ambulance.
It took more than 30 firefighters about 15 minutes to put out the blaze inside DelVesco’s apartment, which was equipped with working smoke alarms, and there were no bars on the windows to prevent her from escaping the flames and smoke.
When they finally entered the co-ed’s bedroom, they found her lying dead on her bed, her face burned beyond recognition. An autopsy later revealed that the UCLA psychology major and Pi Beta Phi sorority sister had sustained 19 knife wounds.
A coroner determined that DelVesco likely had died before the fire started.
Her dog, a Chihuahua-terrier mix, suffered severe injuries in the fire and had to be put down.
DelVesco was murdered just days before she was due in court to answer for charges she possessed meth, mushrooms, ecstasy and LSD with an intent to distribute.
Alberto Medina, a student at Fresno State University, has been charged with one count of capital murder and is eligible for the death penalty.
Eric Marquez, a UCLA fifth-year undergraduate student, was charged with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Prosecutors allege the two men, who were friends from high school, burglarized a home across the street from DelVesco’s apartment, after which Medina broke into her unit and stabbed her to death.
Marquez, who was waiting in the car, then allegedly helped his friend cover up the slaying.
Medina and Marquez both have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Eric Marquez be tried for aiding and abetting murder and Alberto Medina be tried for murder during a robbery.
County prosecutors accused Medina, a Fresno State University student, and Marquez, a fifth-year biology student at UCLA, of murder in the killing of DelVesco, a fourth-year psychology and Spanish student, in her Roebling Avenue apartment Sept. 21. They also charged both men with burglary, and charged Medina with arson.