Crime & Justice

Suspect bragged about killing Chinese USC students

File: USC Prseident C. L. Max Nikias bows before images of victims Ying Wu and Ming Qu before eulogizing the slain engineering students during a memorial service in the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Los Angeles. Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California have heard him brag about the shootings.
File: USC Prseident C. L. Max Nikias bows before images of victims Ying Wu and Ming Qu before eulogizing the slain engineering students during a memorial service in the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Los Angeles. Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California have heard him brag about the shootings.
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Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California have heard him brag about the shootings.

Prosecutors played video Thursday of Javier Bolden boasting to a cellmate after his arrest in the killings of Ming Qu and Ying Wu.

The 23-year-old engineering students were shot on April 11, 2012 while sitting in a parked car in a neighborhood near the campus.

The deaths fueled concerns in China about the safety of students abroad and it spurred USC to provide more protection around campus.

Bolden's cellmate was a police informant who secretly recorded him discussing how he and a friend had planned to steal the couple's BMW.

A defense lawyer says Bolden lied to the informant to appear tough.