|For Immediate Release
Case # 11NF3721 March 6, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
DEFENDANT CONVICTED OF MURDERING MAN AFTER FIGHT OVER SEX
SANTA ANA – A defendant was convicted today of murdering a man after a fight over the victim’s attempted initiation of a sexual relationship. Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, 24, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his sentencing March 28, 2014, in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Prior to Dec. 14, 2011, Luciozamudio was friendly with 47-year-old Ricardo Rios for approximately four to five months. On Dec. 14, 2011, the defendant was with Rios in a detached garage, where the victim lived.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Luciozamudio was thrown out of Rios’ garage after he refused Rios’ attempt to initiate a sexual encounter. Luciozamudio exchanged angry words with Rios as he was on the driveway by his sedan.
The victim threw a small metal weight that struck Luciozamudio’s car. The defendant then chased Rios back to his converted garage and attacked him by punching him repeatedly, breaking the victim’s jaw, nose, orbital bone, and several ribs.
Luciozamudio fled the scene and called 911 shortly thereafter to report that Rios may need medical assistance. The victim died as a result of his injuries.
The Buena Park Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.