Calif. man convicted of gas station attendant’s 1978 killing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 60-year-old man has been convicted of murder in the slaying of a Palmdale, California, gas station attendant who was kidnapped, raped and killed nearly 40 years ago.
Jurors found Neal Antoine Matthews guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. He was also convicted of special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery, kidnapping and rape.
He faces life in prison when sentenced Nov. 6.
Prosecutors say Leslie Long was working a night shift on Dec. 3, 1978, when she was robbed and kidnapped. Her body was found near a freeway three days later.
Terry Moses, 61, pleaded guilty in 2016 to taking part in the Long attack. He also admitted committing two unrelated murders in 1976 and one attempted murder in 1996.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence led authorities to both men.