A 38-year-old man was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing his boyfriend at the West Hollywood apartment they briefly shared.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before acquitting Andre Davids of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for the March 29, 2014, stabbing death of Kurtland Ma, a 34-year-old emergency room doctor.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee called it “absolutely one of the most gruesome crime scenes that I or the homicide detectives have ever seen.”
Ma suffered about 40 stab wounds and was “disemboweled,” with some of his organs, including his penis, stuffed into his mouth and pill bottles and pills shoved into his body cavity, in a killing motivated by Ma’s decision to break up with Davids, the prosecutor said. Ma, an emergency medicine specialist who graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 2008, had moved to West Hollywood from New York City. He is a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. He posted an announcement of his relationship with Davis on Facebook in September 2013.
Davids, who was found by Sheriff’s deputies inside a bathroom in the apartment at 939 Palm Ave., appeared to have taken a large amount of pills, authorities said. He was arrested the next day.
Davids is facing up to 12 years in state prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 21 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.