Sentenced: Nov. 6,
1990, age 21
Residence: San Pedro
Crimes: Burglary, robbery, murder
Date of crimes: July 11, 1989
Location: 1000 block of Englander
Street, San Pedro
Victim: Beatrice Viveiros, 19
Status: Affirmed on appeal, at
California Supreme Court on habeas petition
Nakahara asked his jury to put him
to death for the robbery and murder of Viveiros.
Nakahara, who had dated Viveiros
for a number of years, admired her father’s $20,000 gun collection and
joked about stealing the guns and “doing away” with Viveiros.
Viveiros’ father found his
daughter lying dead in a hallway, shot three times in the back and once
below her left ear. His guns were gone, along with war memorabilia.
Nakahara, who tried to sell the
guns, initially denied involvement, but later told detectives he shot
Viveiros following an argument over some bad checks she deposited into
his account. He admitted to taking the guns to make the shooting appear
to be motivated by robbery.
trial, he testified against the advice of counsel, telling jurors he
would choose the death penalty if it were up to him.
Convicted killer's claims rejected
The California Supreme Court on
Thursday upheld the death-penalty sentence of a man convicted in Los
Angeles County of his girlfriend's July 1989 slaying.
In a unanimous ruling written by Justice Ming
W. Chin, the court rejected Evan Teek Nakahara's claims that there
were errors made in his trial, in which he told jurors he would
choose the death penalty if it were up to him.
Nakahara was convicted of first-degree murder,
robbery and burglary, along with the special circumstances
special circumstances of murder
while lying in wait and while engaged in the commission of robbery
and burglary. The charges stemmed from the
shooting death of Beatrice Viveiros, whom he had dated for several
years, according to the ruling.