|For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF2088
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDERING WIFE AFTER MARITAL DISCORD OVER GAMBLING AND CHEATING
SANTA ANA – A husband was charged today with murdering his wife after she asked him to move out of their home for gambling away $100,000 in pension money and being unfaithful. Agustin Armaraz Espinoza, 55, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is subject to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. The defendant is in the hospital (see below) and an arraignment date is to be determined.
Prior to July 29, 2010, Espinoza is accused of having marital trouble with his longtime wife, Marisela Espinoza, with whom he had adult children. The victim had told the defendant to move out of their Santa Ana home after she discovered that Espinoza had gambled away $100,000 in pension money and was in possession of a pre-paid cell phone containing text messages regarding an extra-marital sexual relationship.
On or about July 29, 2010, Espinoza is accused of murdering Marisela Espinoza and leaving her body in the bedroom of their home. He is accused of then driving to San Bernardino and attempting to use the victim’s debit card before driving to Mexico.
On July 29, 2010, officers from the Santa Ana Police Department found the victim’s body during a welfare check after receiving a call from the victim’s concerned co-workers, who reported that Marisela Espinoza had not been to work for two days.
That same day, Espinoza was arrested while re-entering the United States from Mexico. While being held in jail for the murder of his wife, Espinoza is accused of physically harming himself.
The victim’s cause of death is pending.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.