Delivery driver found guilty of killing Boca woman and setting fire

A Palm Beach judge on Wednesday convicted an appliance delivery man of murder and other charges for beating to death and setting fire to a 75-year-old woman in his Boca Raton home in 2019.

Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss made her decision immediately after closing arguments in the case of Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 24, who refused a jury trial and instead risked his fate Take it to the judge.This bench test It lasted three days.

Lachazo faces a mandatory life sentence and other related charges, including burglary with a firearm and arson. Mark Freeman, a spokesman for the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors will ask the judge to be re-elected when Rachazzo is sentenced on April 5.

On Wednesday, Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder, burglary and arson.He was charged with beating, setting fire and killing Evelyn "Evie" Udall at her Boca Raton home in August 2019.

The trial was already a partial victory for Lachazo, as it abolished the death penalty. Prosecutors agreed to a trial after consulting with the victim’s family.

In August 2019, Lachazo and another man delivered a washer and dryer purchased from Best Buy to the home of Evelyn Smith Udell.After the appliance was installed, another man went out to report A few minutes later screaming was heard. He called 911 after noticing blood on the floor and smelling smoke coming from the laundry room where new appliances were being installed.

Rachazzo told police he hit the woman with a mallet and lit the fire with paint thinner. Both were with Udell, who died in hospital the next day. Both had Dupre Lachazo’s fingerprints, prosecutors said. Investigators also found the woman’s wallet had been tampered with, suggesting theft was the motive for the attack.

Defense attorneys did not deny that Dupre Lachazo assaulted the older woman, but argued the killing was not premeditated or intentional.

This report uses information from The Associated Press.