British man guilty of Los Angeles double killings

A British man has been convicted of stabbing a woman to death and decapitating her boyfriend in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

Neil Revill, 38, killed Arthur Davodian then stabbed Kimberley Crayton, the niece of singer Al Jarreau.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Revill, originally of Consett, County Durham, will be sentenced next month. He is expected to be jailed for life.

A fellow prisoner told Revill's trial that the 38 year old had admitted carrying out the killings in an apartment.

'Blood on daughter'

According to the prison informant, Revill, who was high on methamphetamines, suspected Mr Davodian was trying to keep him in the property while Israeli-organised crime figures were coming to kill him.

The hearing heard that Revill decapitated Mr Davodian and stabbed Ms Crayton 19 times.

The court was also told how Revill's blood was found on Ms Crayton's 14-month-old daughter, who was at the crime scene. She was unharmed.

Revill's lawyer, Michael Crain, expressed his disappointment at the verdict and said the forensic evidence indicated someone else was responsible for the crimes.

Revill moved to Germany when he was a child where his father was stationed with the RAF.

Later, he returned to County Durham and lived with his grandfather in Stanley, before moving to Sunderland.

From there, he went backpacking around Europe, met his future wife and moved to the US, where his marriage broke up.

He will be sentenced on 22 April.

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