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USC Shooting Accomplice To Stand Trial Alone

Jen Nowell |
March 12, 2014 | 3:01 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

USC shooting trial makes things tense in the courthouse (Twi
USC shooting trial makes things tense in the courthouse (Twi
One of the two men charged in the shooting deaths of two University of Southern California (USC) grad students will go to trial, while the second man pleaded guilty last month to the killings, avoiding the death penalty. 

Javier Bolden and Bryan Barnes, both 21, were arrested in 2012 in connection with the murder of students Ying Wu and Ming Qu. The USC students were shot and killed during a robbery on April 11, 2012, while sitting in a parked BMW about a mile from the campus.

Bolden appeared in court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing, confirming that he will have a separate trial from Barnes. 

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In addition to the two murder charges for killing Wu and Qu, Bolden is also charged with the attempted murder of Timothy Hall, who was shot while attending a South L.A. party in December 2011. Bolden is also allegedly tied to a third shooting that wounded two people in February 2012.  

In February, Barnes pleaded guilty and received two life sentences without the possibility of parole for each murder, plus 25 years to life for using a firearm to kill Wu and Qu, who were both 23 at the time. Barnes' life sentences will be served consecutively. As part of the plea, he avoided the possibility of the death penalty. 

The fathers of both victims spoke at Barnes' sentencing through an interpreter, revealing that the two students had fallen in love. 

Qu's father, Wanzhi Qu, said he had learned only nine days before his son was murdered that he was in love with Wu. Both Qu and Wu had planned to return to China after graduation, and Qu's father said he couldn't wait to meet Wu, but that now it would never happen. 

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As part of the plea, Barnes' additional charge of attempted murder, involving the shooting of Hall, was dismissed. 

Bolden's next court date is April 30. 

Reach Staff Reporter Jen Nowell here.



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