The former security guard was finally convicted earlier yesterday after being accused of fatally shooting Michelle O’Keefe, bringing his lengthy legal battle to an end. 18 years old Michelle O’Keefe was murdered almost 10 years ago. It was a puzzling and tragic murder of a young college student. She was found gunned down behind the wheel of a Mustang in the lot of Avenue S where she left her car earlier that day while she went with her friend for getting a chance as an extra in a music video of, a rapper. Her family's and a detective's decade-long quest for justice finally came to an end.
35 years old Raymond Lee Jennings killed 18 year old Miss O’Keefe at a Palmdale park-and-ride lot in February 2000. His case stirred up controversies years after the murder. He was a hired security guard at Park and Ride lot. Jennings himself was the person who first reported the murder. He made up the story about his seeing a girl murdered during his routine security patrol. Authorities became suspicious of the security guard. Jennings’ criminal attorney, M. David Houchin, said that the prosecutors had built the case based solely on circumstantial evidence. Prosecutors reported that he gave contradictory accounts about the night of the killing of young college student. The Los Angeles Times reported that Jennings is “betrayed by his own words during a series of statements he gave to detectives”.
Investigators, starting from a list of ten suspects, narrowed down on Jennings. O’ Keefe’s parents were relieved that an arrest has been made and the legal process has finally been initialized, then. Nearly 10 years after the murder, the jury had found Raymond Lee Jennings guilty.