DATE: October 22, 2015
CASE: Monica Njoku & Monterio Roberts
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Thomas Asker, Homicide Unit
Forty-five-year-old Monica Njoku and 43-year-old Monterio Roberts were convicted by jury of second-degree murder. The jury also found true a use of a deadly weapon allegation for Roberts.
Monica Njoku owned a house, which she rented out to single parents with dependents. On November 16, 2014, she demanded one of her tenants and the tenant’s baby leave the house immediately. Another tenant, Edward White, protested and told Njoku she had to give the tenant at least a 3-day notice, which led to a heated argument.
Njoku called her brother, Monterio Roberts, and her sister-in-law to come to the house. Roberts threatened Mr. White and Njoku began harassing the female tenant. When Mr. White called 911, Njoku locked Mr. White’s 2-year-old son out of the house. Roberts then pulled out a switch blade knife and attacked Mr. White. Njoku and her sister-in-law then jumped into the fight. Mr. White was stabbed three times in the torso. He died at the hospital from internal bleeding.
Roberts faces a sentence of 16 years to life in prison. Njoku faces of sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for January 8, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 16 before the Honorable Marjorie Koller.
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