Compton Man Convicted of Murder of His 5-Year-Old Niece

Compton Man Convicted of Murder of His 5-Year-Old Niece

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(FOX 11/ CNS) - A 28-year-old man was convicted today of the stabbing murder of his 5-year-old niece.

Jurors were unable to reach a consensus on whether the killing met the conditions for first-degree murder, which include premeditation and deliberation, so convicted Julian Carter of second-degree murder.

Carter submitted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, so in the second phase of the trial, scheduled to begin tomorrow, jurors will hear testimony about the defendant's mental state.

Mireya Nila McCall was reported missing by her mother on June 13, 2010, and later found stuffed in trash bag in a bedroom closet in the family's Compton apartment in the 1100 block of East Peck Street. She had been stabbed in the throat.

Carter -- who had been living with his sister and niece -- was arrested the same day.

 If he's found to be sane at the time of the murder, Carter could face up to 26 years in prison. He is being held on $2 million bail.

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