LOS ANGELES – A driver has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an Italian honeymooner on the Venice Beach boardwalk.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say Nathan Campbell was angry about a soured drug deal and deliberately targeted vendors and tourists on the popular walkway.
The 39-year-old Campbell was convicted Friday in the August 2013 death of Alice Gruppioni.
Verdicts were being read on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of the accident where 17 other people were injured.
At trial, prosecutors showed video of panicked pedestrians running from the sedan that hit speeds of 35 mph.
Campbell, a transient with a history of petty crimes, surrendered two hours later.
His attorney acknowledged that Campbell killed Gruppioni and hit people but said he had tried to avoid them and wasn't guilty of murder.