After a six-week trial, on July 31, three defendants were found guilty for the 2010 murder of 33-year-old Franklin Robles of Lake Elsinore, in addition to other charges, according to information released by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
Luis Orozco of Norwalk, Shawn Verette of Bellflower, and Frank Ervin of Compton were all found guilty of murder, robbery, burglary, and conspiracy with special circumstances. They are now awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 26 in Long Beach Superior Court. Deliberations resulted in a hung-jury outcome for a fourth defendant, Rosa Orozco of Lake Elsinore.
On Aug. 9, 2010, at approximately 2:40pm, LBPD officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of West 16th Street, which resulted in Robles’s death. When officers arrived, they found that Robles had been shot in the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later.
Through their investigation, homicide detectives learned that the victim’s home in Lake Elsinore was subsequently burglarized by four suspects who were seen occupying a tan Chevy Suburban parked at the location, within hours of the murder. Detectives believed the four subjects may have also been connected to Robles’s death.
During their investigation, detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson analyzed surveillance video and released updates through the media that provided vehicle descriptions, photos and composite sketches of the four individuals believed to be involved in the murder and/or the subsequent residential burglary. They also canvassed the neighborhood where the crime occurred, passing out fliers to the community regarding the murder in hopes of generating new leads in the case.
On Oct. 6, 2011, with the assistance of Gang and Violent Crimes detectives, Directed Enforcement officers and LBPD SWAT served search warrants at six locations in the cities of Norwalk, Compton, Bellflower and Perris. On Oct. 7, 2011, an additional search warrant was served in Lake Elsinore. Those arrested include:
• Shawn Verette, convicted Aug. 31,
• Luis Orozco, convicted Aug. 31, 2013
• Rosa Orozco, received hung jury
Aug. 31, 2013
• Gabriella Orozco, charges dismissed
• Nancy Acevedo, charges dismissed
• Frank Ervin, convicted Aug. 31, 2013
(was already in custody on unrelated
Luis Garcia was the fourth male suspect involved in the residential burglary; he had fled to Mexico after the murder and prior to arrest. He was killed in Mexico in June of 2011, however, there is no indication his death was related to this case.
The overall investigation determined that Robles had gone to the auto-repair shop with a large sum of cash to make the final payment on the purchase of a vehicle. Once at the shop, he was approached by Verette and Ervin. They showed him a star badge, shot him, took his cash, and fled the location. A few hours later, Verette, Ervin, and Luis Orozco, along with Garcia, broke into the Robles home, stealing additional cash and electronics, and fled. Rosa Orozco, Gabriella Orozco and Nancy Acevedo were believed to be accessories to murder after the fact.
In its press release regarding this case, the LBPD thanked Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner for his assistance with the investigation.