A man accused of killing another man and taking his car after a University of Arizona football game was found guilty in Pima County Superior Court Wednesday.
Juan Carlos Gil was found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2011 shooting death of Francisco Antonio Gastelo, 35.
Gil, 26, and another unidentified man gunned down Gastelo in a parking lot near the campus. Gastelo’s car was later found at a south-side apartment. Witnesses said they saw Gil there removing items from the car.
The prosecutor argued throughout the trial that all the evidence pointed to Gil, from witness accounts and his DNA found on the murder weapon to his efforts to hide evidence following the killing.
Gil’s defense team, however, contended that Gil knew who killed Gastelo but was too afraid of retribution to tell police the truth.
Defense attorneys also said the actual killers gave the murder weapon and other evidence from the crime to Gil to dispose of, explaining why the defendant’s DNA was found.
In addition to first-degree murder, Gil was found guilty of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and theft of a means of transportation.