A man who fatally stabbed his live-in boyfriend and mutilated the victim’s body at the West Hollywood apartment they briefly shared at 939 Palm Ave. was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison.
Andre Davids, 38, was found guilty Dec. 17 of voluntary manslaughter for the March 29, 2014, killing of Kurtland Ma, a 34-year-old emergency room physician. Jurors acquitted Davids of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.
During the sentencing hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, Wayland Ma addressed his brother’s killer.
“When anyone, including your family, looks at you, the first thing they will see is a murderer. Even if they say they’re OK with having you alone in a room with their family, no matter what they say to you, what you have done will always be on their mind. You will never escape the evil you carry inside of you, and people will know.”
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee called it “absolutely one of the most gruesome crime scenes that I or the homicide detectives have ever seen.”
The prosecutor noted that Ma suffered about 40 stab wounds, was “disemboweled,” with some of his organs 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.
Davids was found inside a bathroom in the apartment. Authorities said he appeared to have taken a large amount of pills. He was arrested the following day.