A woman and her boyfriend will face murder charges in the death of a 9-year-old girl. Workers found the body of the girl stuffed into a duffel bag in Hacienda Heights.
Authorities extradited the girl’s mother from Texas to face charges here. They arrested the woman’s boyfriend earlier. According to police, the child died on or around March 1. Authorities in Texas stopped the couple at a border crossing March 8 and arrested the mother on an outstanding warrant. The boyfriend was allowed to continue driving to California. Authorities arrested him in a parking lot in San Diego on March 9. Following his arrest, prosecutors in Los Angeles charged him with one count of murder. He has a prior conviction for child abuse dating back to 2005. The mother also has a prior conviction from 2016 for enticing a minor into prostitution.
According to investigators, the couple and the child had moved from Long Beach about 10 months ago. The family had been living in motels and in their car just prior to the child’s death. If convicted, the mother and her boyfriend face as much as life in prison.
Los Angeles murder lawyer
When you face charges for a homicide, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Juries in Los Angeles are more likely to approve the use of the death penalty than elsewhere in the US. Although the Governor has issued a moratorium on executions, that does not mean the death penalty has been overturned. Governor Newsom will not authorize the execution of any prisoner while he remains in office. Only the voters can eliminate the death penalty.
Even if a homicide conviction does not result in a death sentence, it could still result in a life sentence. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney by your side. An attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and potentially avoid the most serious consequences.
Don’t hesitate to engage with an experienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.
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