“I wanted him acquitted. I never thought they had enough evidence,” Khan said. Prosecutors tried Jacobo three times times for the April 27, 1999, slaying of Julio Perez whose skull was fractured and who was still alive when he was thrown off Highway 39. His body was found lying 350 feet down a slope near Crystal Lake. Witnesses last saw Perez with Jacobo outside the Leon del Mar bar at Durfee and Elliott avenues in El Monte. Earlier at the bar, a witness said Perez told Jacobo he knew him and that he had drugs. Jacobo denied having drugs. The prosecution theorized Jacobo drove his car with an injured Perez up to mile marker 40 in the Angeles National Forest to kill him and get rid of the body. The motive in the killing remains unknown. But Usher said the prosecution wasn’t required to prove motive. “We have the evidence to show he did it,” she said. A cigarette butt found at the mountain site had Jacobo’s DNA and blood found in his car turned out to be from the victim. Jacobo’s first trial in 2000 ended with him being convicted of first-degree murder. But the conviction was overturned be- cause one of the jurors didn’t disclose his prejudice against Latinos. The second trial ended in a hung jury in January. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA- A jury Tuesday found a former Duarte man guilty of beating, strangling and throwing an El Monte man down a mountainside in 1999. They convicted Jose Jacobo of second-degree murder but acquitted him of first-degree murder. The 38-year-old Jacobo will be back at Pomona Superior Court April 9 for sentencing. He faces 15 years to life, said Deputy District Attorney Pamela Tamu Usher. Deputy Public Defender Reema Khan said she was saddened by the verdict.