Miranda Guilty of Murder, Other Charges

Relatives of murder victim Carmen Lopez outside of Hartford Superior Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut man has been convicted of the 1988 killing of a pregnant teenager.

Pedro Miranda of New Britain was found guilty Tuesday of murder and three other charges by a Hartford Superior Court jury. He was charged with capital felony and murder in the killing of 17-year-old Carmen Lopez of Hartford.

Lopez’s boyfriend, Miguel Roman, served 20 years in prison for the crime before being freed in 2008 based on new DNA evidence that led to the arrest of the 53-year-old Miranda.

He also is awaiting trial on charges he killed two other Hartford teenagers in the 1980s. He denies the allegations.

Authorities say all three killings were sexually motivated. Miranda was arrested in 2008 in a police cold case investigation.

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