Monday, April 17, 2017

People v. Becerrada (Cal. Supreme Court - April 17, 2017)

Here's a depressing way to begin a post-Easter week:

"A jury convicted defendant, Ruben Becerrada, of the first degree murder of Maria Arevalo with the special circumstances of killing a witness, murder in the commission of kidnapping, and lying in wait. As to the murder, it found true a weapon enhancement allegation. It also found defendant guilty of rape, forcibly dissuading a witness, and kidnapping."

Needless to say, the jury imposed the death penalty, and the California Supreme Court unanimously affirms the judgment.

The actual details of the crime, and the horrific domestic violence that Ms. Arevalo endured over a long period of time, are even more chilling than the one-paragraph introduction at the outset of the opinion.