FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18HF1610

November 27, 2018

MAN CHARGED WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER OF FATHER WHILE WALKING ON TRAIL NEAR THEIR LAGUNA NIGUEL HOME

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with the special circumstances murder of his father while they walked on a trail near their Laguna Niguel home.

Defendant

Charges

Minimum Sentence

Court Date

Maximilian Gregory Ludwig, 18, Laguna Niguel

Charged on Nov. 27, 2018, with the following:

  • One felony count of murder

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Special circumstances – lying in wait

Life in state prison without the possibility of parole

Arraignment

Nov. 27, 2018, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Nov. 23, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Maximilian Ludwig is accused of leading his father, 59-year-old Christopher Ludwig, on a walking trail near Highlands Avenue in Laguna Niguel.
  • The defendant is accused of attacking the victim with rocks and stomping on the victim’s head until Christopher Ludwig died as a result of blunt force trauma.
  • Maximilian Ludwig called 911 and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) arrested the defendant at the scene. OCSD investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino, Homicide Unit

 



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