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Black Boyfriend Sentenced –
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014
A man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his boyfriend, a doctor who was found stabbed to death inside the home they shared in West Hollywood, authorities said.
Andre Damiane Davids, 36, was arrested March 30 in the slaying of 34-year-old Kurtland Ma, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It appears to be a crime of passion where you know one boyfriend wasn’t as faithful to the other. The other one got upset,” Lt. John Corina said.
Deputies were called to conduct a welfare check at the home in the 900 block of Palm Avenue on March 29. When no one answered the door, deputies broke it down.
Deputies found Ma dead. Davids was found hiding in a bathroom trying to overdose on pills.
Investigators said Davids cut Ma open and put some of the organs into Ma’s mouth.
“He did remove some organs and stabbed him quite a few times,” Corina said.
Investigators said Davids confessed to what took place.
An unrelated stabbing occurred at the same apartment complex a week later. Three victims were injured and another man was shot and killed by a deputy.
They were extreme and violent and that is really terrifying,” a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said.
Dec 17, 2015 – A 38-year-old man was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing his boyfriend at the West Hollywood apartment they briefly shared.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before acquitting Andre Davids of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for the March 29, 2014, stabbing death of Kurtland Ma, a 34-year-old emergency room doctor.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee called it “absolutely one of the most gruesome crime scenes that I or the homicide detectives have ever seen.”
Ma suffered about 40 stab wounds and was “disemboweled,” with some of his organs, including his penis, stuffed into his mouth and pill bottles and pills shoved into his body cavity, in a killing motivated by Ma’s decision to break up with Davids, the prosecutor said. Ma, an emergency medicine specialist who graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 2008, had moved to West Hollywood from New York City. He is a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. He posted an announcement of his relationship with Davis on Facebook in September 2013.
Davids, who was found by Sheriff’s deputies inside a bathroom in the apartment at 939 Palm Ave., appeared to have taken a large amount of pills, authorities said. He was arrested the next day.
Davids is facing up to 12 years in state prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 21 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.