Update: Diaz Guilty Of First Degree Murder

Convicted of killing Jasmine Guevara in 2009

A jury in southeast South Dakota has found a 20-year-old Mexican national guilty of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of a teenager.

The jury on Thursday in Sioux Falls returned the verdict against Maricela Diaz who was charged in the death of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara. Diaz faces up to life in prison.

Diaz was 15 at the time of the incident but was tried in adult court. Prosecutors say Diaz and boyfriend Alexander Salgado lured Guevara to a remote site near Mitchell, stabbed her and left her to die in the trunk of a burning car.

Salgado was convicted of murder earlier and is serving a life sentence.
Diaz’s attorneys during the argued that she was herself a victim of Salgado’s abuse.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.