AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2After the letter was found in Aguila’s car in November, deputies arrested him on suspicion of murder in the Sept. 22, 2005 slaying of Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier. Along with murder, Aguila is charged with drunken driving and possession of methamphetamine. He is being held on $1 million bail and is awaiting trial. A pretrial conference for Aguila is scheduled for July 24. Until the letter surfaced, detectives had few clues into the killing of Rubio, who was shot in the chest and wrist. After he was shot, Rubio’s foot pressed the gas pedal of his car, which crashed into several parked cars and ended up in the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School in the 8100 block of Vicki Drive in Whittier. Aguila’s attorney, Robert M. Conley, said his client opened fire on Rubio in self-defense. He said the incident was sparked when Rubio opened the door of his car. “There’s certainly a great deal of evidence indicating the other driver was an aggressor,” Conley said. Conley has not disputed that Aguila wrote the letter. WHITTIER – A letter found by a deputy inside the car of a drunken driving suspect boasted of a shooting that had stumped investigators since last year. Now, the 14-page, handwritten letter, which according to investigators was intended for a gang member in New York, has led to a murder charge against a Pico Rivera man. “Just about a week ago I killed someone my first time,” reads the letter allegedly written by drunken driving suspect Randy Aguila, 19, of Pico Rivera, according to a copy obtained through court records. “I was by myself, and I hit him twice with two … bullets with a .38 special revolver close, very close range …” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide Detective Barry Hall interviewed Aguila twice after his arrest. “After deputies impounded the car, they came across two letters,” Hall said. “They had gangster-style handwriting and it caught the deputy’s eye. “The letters were addressed to his `bro’ in New York. He boasts of how hard his gang is versus gangs in New York, saying West Coast gangs are the best.” Hall said in his first interview with the suspect, Aguila denied any connection with the shooting, according to court records from Aguila’s preliminary hearing in March. In the second interview, Hall said Aguila admitted to shooting Rubio in self-defense. He also gave the detective a detailed description of the shooting, Hall testified in court. Aguila said he and Rubio had argued before the shooting. They then pulled their cars next to each other so the driver’s side doors were facing. “Who are you dogging?” Aguila said he told Rubio, according to Hall’s court testimony. Aguila then asked Rubio what gang he was from, and when Rubio told him, Aguila became angry that Rubio was from another gang. At that point, Rubio opened his car door to get out. Aguila then shot him twice, Hall testified. Conley said the heated confrontation proves his client opened fire because he feared for his life. “The main witness himself stated quite clearly that the other driver not only turned around, but turned around in such a hurried fashion such as to screech his tires,” Conley said. “There’s also evidence that he said derogatory statements” to Aguila. Authorities, however, never found a weapon in Rubio’s car. The lengthy letter allegedly written by Aguila brags about the ferocity of West Coast gangs and gives details of Rubio’s killing, Hall said. Dated Oct. 1, 2005 at 1:07 a.m. – a week after Rubio’s death – the letter begins: “What’s cracking big dog. A lot of ‘s been going down… After describing the shooting, Aguila allegedly wrote about how he felt about it. “You know what, Gargo, I don’t lose sleep or feel bad,” the letter read. “I actually laughed and told myself finally I caught one.” Aguila also allegedly described the life he was leading. “Honestly, Homie, I’m just tired of life. I ain’t suicidal, but you know the kind of life I live. It’s dangerous and stupid, but I love to live it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!