Orange County court documents say Ritze drove a boat with Dao aboard on a “late-night lobster fishing trip” from Dana Point.
Federal prosecutors say once the fishing boat was away from the coast, Le shot Dao in the back. Dao landed in the ocean, while Ritze and Le went back to shore.
Dao's body was found the next day, a few miles down the Pacific coast. His death was ruled a drowning.
Le reportedly bragged to people about the killing. But federal informants heard some of what he said.
Ritze was secretly recorded during the investigation, talking about a “hit list” of potential victims. The recording was part of the evidence presented at her trial.
“I’m gonna take ’em out on my boat, they go on the boat but they are not gonna come back,” Ritze said. She indicated other people would do the killing.
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Prosecutors say Ritze eventually lied to federal investigators about what happened to Dao.
The murder trial was held in federal court because the crime occurred offshore.
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