Orange County District Attorney
Press Release

Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
February 23rd, 2004
Contact:Mark Macaulay
(714) 347-8405 (O)
(714) 323-4486 (C)

Fullerton – Gary Clifford Laine, 49, of Garden Grove, was arraigned this afternoon on charges of murder and felony possession of a firearm for the shooting of his estranged girlfriend at an Anaheim gas station.  He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison if convicted on both counts.

On February 12, 2004, the victim, Kim Marie Delmonico was having lunch with a male companion in a food court of a Shell gas station when Laine approached her and asked to speak to her alone.  The defendant is then accused of shooting the victim multiple times before getting in his vehicle and driving back to where the victim lay in the parking lot shooting her approximately 5-7 more times.  Witnesses saw the shooting and the defendant fleeing the scene.  Laine ultimately turned himself in to authorities in Kerrville, Texas, after a five day manhunt.  Laine had handcuffed himself and told police that he was wanted for murder in Anaheim.

Gary Clifford Laine waived his right to an extradition hearing and was sent back to California on Friday, February 20, to face murder charges.  He is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail at the Orange County Jail. His next court appearance is Friday, February 27, at the North Justice Center, 1275 N. Berkeley Avenue, in Fullerton, at 9:00 AM in department N7.  Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy is handling the case for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.