Guilty verdict delivered against Abdu Latif Kazembe Abunantambu-el in 2012 murder of Levi Johnson

ARVADA, Colo. - After a week-long trial, a jury in Jefferson County found a Denver man guilty in the stabbing murder that occurred in August of 2012.

Abdu Latif Kazembe Abunantambu-el, 53, was found guilty of both first degree and second degree murder. He was also convicted of burglary, assault, kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence and false imprisonment.

Abunantambu-el was convicted of pushing his way into a home at 5840 Pierce St. in Arvada on the evening of Aug. 24, 2012. When officers arrived at approximately 7:40 p.m., they found Levi Johnson in front of the house. Johnson had been beaten and repeatedly stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Johnson and his wife were at the home of Christine Kernan, who had known Abunantambu-el for less than a week before the incident, according to District Attorney spokesperson Pam Russell.

"He was fixated upon her (Kernan) and had called her repeatedly that evening before he appeared at her door," Russell wrote about Abunantambu-el. "After the fatally wounded Levi Johnson escaped from the house, Abunantambu-el held Christine Kernan captive inside the house and forced her to clean up the blood and evidence from the assault."

Abunantambu-el, who had six prior felony convictions, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on May 14.

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