A man arrested for killing a woman who reportedly had denied his romantic advances has been convicted of 1st-degree murder.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman on Friday found Timothy Varmall, 50, guilty in the death of 44-year-old Smurti Patel, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The judge too found that Varmall was armed & committed the murder by lying in wait for the victim.
Between September 2014 & February 2015, Varmall followed Patel also planned “coincidental” encounters with her to make her think favorably of him. His plan was to find the best opportunity to kill the woman, the news release stated.
On Feb. 9, 2015, Varmall stalked Patel and followed her onto a light-rail train. As they got off the train, Patel located Varmall and agreed to walk with him. As they walked across a dark lot on Del Paso Boulevard, Varmall stabbed Patel 7 times, then fled the area.
Varmall staggered across the street to a restaurant, where medics were called. Patel died of her injuries 4 days later.
The court found that Varmall had 2 prior strike convictions under California’s “three strikes” law, both for sex offenses.
Varmall is to be sentenced June 9 by Bowman.