Joseluis Marquez found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of ASU student Kyleigh Sousa

PHOENIX - A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder Monday in a case involving the dragging death of an Arizona State University student over two years ago.

Joseluis Marquez, 22, was also found guilty of robbery in a Phoenix courtroom Monday morning.

Twenty-one-year-old Kyleigh Sousa was outside a Tempe restaurant in the early morning hours of May 26, 2010 when a car approached her and the occupants engaged her in a conversation.

As Sousa stood by the driver's door, the driver of the vehicle grabbed her purse and began driving away from her.

Sousa's arm was caught in the purse strap and she was pulled to the ground and dragged, sustaining severe injuries which caused her death.

Police said Marquez is believed to have been the driver of a rental car involved. He was identified through a picture taken by a photo radar camera in Tempe after the car matched the description of the one seen at the scene of the crime.

A witness who was in the car later contacted police and identified Marquez as the car's driver and the other people in the car.

Marquez was arrested on December 7, 2010 and he was indicted by a grand jury. The other occupants in the car were not charged.

Marquez faces the possibility of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on December 14.

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