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O.C. DUI suspect found guilty of 2008 murder

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

June 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Garden Grove driver who crashed into a woman riding her bike while he was under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol has been convicted of murder.An Orange County jury found 45-year-old Alex David Trujillo guilty of one felony count of murder in the October 2008 death of 46-year-old Catherine Busse. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Busse was riding her bike on the sidewalk on Lampson Avenue in Seal Beach with her 15-year-old son when Trujillo plowed into her. She was thrown from her bike and landed nearby.

Witnesses detained Trujillo until police arrived. He was found to be driving under the influence of prescription drugs including Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. His blood alcohol level was .11 percent.

Catherine Busse died at the scene, but her son Samuel Busse was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Trujillo had a 2002 conviction for DUI. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that he used four different pharmacies to get up to 180 Vicodin pills and 120 Oxycontin pills every month.

Trujillo is due to be sentenced Aug. 20, 2010.


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