WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A former appliance delivery man was convicted of killing a 75-year-old Florida woman and then setting her on fire after delivering a washer and dryer to her home.
Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 24, of Hialeah, was convicted of first-degree murder after a three-day trial, the Sun-Sentinel reported. He was also convicted on related charges that included burglary with a weapon and arson, according to the newspaper.
Lachazo had waived his right to a jury trial, leaving the verdict in the hands of Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
According to the Boca Raton Police Department, Lachazo beat Evelyn Udell with a mallet and doused her with a chemical he found in her home on Aug. 20, 2019, WPTV reported.
Lachazo had been working for a company contracted by Best Buy to deliver the appliances, WPTV reported.
According to police, Lachazo admitted he hit Udell and doused her with the chemical, according to WPEC-TV. Lachazo also reportedly told police he had used cocaine and marijuana earlier in the day, the television station reported.
Because it was a non-jury trial, the harshest sentence that Weiss can render is life in prison, according to WPBF-TV. He will be sentenced on April 5, the television station reported.
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