A 27-year-old Pasadena man faces charges of capital murder in the death of an Arcadia woman. A construction crew found the woman’s body earlier this month in her backyard. The victim had been building an addition onto her home at the time of her death.
According to the coroner, the 76-year-old woman suffered multiple sharp and blunt force injuries. In addition, the woman showed signs of asphyxiation. Police found the woman’s car, a 2005 Lexus RX 300, abandoned nearby nine days after they discovered the body. In addition to stealing the victim’s car, police said that he ransacked the woman’s home.
Investigators did not reveal a motive in the woman’s death. They also did not say how they connected the suspect to the murder. Police arrested the man just one day after recovering the victim’s vehicle.
In addition to first-degree homicide, the man also faces a slew of additional charges. They include elder abuse resulting in death, first degree residential burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. The prosecutor has also brought several special circumstance allegations and enhancements including murder during the commission of a robbery. He remains jailed without bail and will return to court later this week for matters related to his case.
Arcadia murder attorney
When you face charges in the death of another person, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County.
This case demonstrates the seriousness of a homicide charge in California. In certain circumstances, the prosecutor can (and does) seek the death penalty. While the current governor has enacted a moratorium on executions, the death penalty is still available to judges and juries. Statistically, Los Angeles County juries more frequently authorize a death sentence than juries in any other county or US state. Today, nearly 750 people in California serve their sentences on Death Row, and the number will continue to grow.
Those are sobering statistics, especially if you’re facing homicide charges. That’s why you need an aggressive experienced attorney to fight for you in court. Mr. Helfend will fight tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential when your life is literally on the line.
Don’t settle for inexperienced representation 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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