|For Immediate Release
Case # 08ZF0022
July 24, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
INDICTED MARINES TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR
MURDERING FELLOW MARINE IN SAN CLEMENTE
IN STOLEN DRUG MONEY DISPUTE
SANTA ANA – Two indicted Marines stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton) will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of shooting and murdering a fellow Marine in a secluded area of San Clemente over a dispute about stolen drug money. Christian William Carney, 21, Manorville, NY, and Alvin Reed Lovely, 20, Dallas, Texas, were indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury on July 10, 2008, for one felony count of murder, one felony count of criminal threats, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm. Carney was also indicted on one felony count of attempting to dissuade a witness. Carney posted $1 million bail, but was immediately taken into Marine custody for the sale of narcotics at Camp Pendleton. Lovely is being held on $1 million bail. Carney and Lovely are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment tomorrow, Friday, July 25, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-4, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
During the weekend of May 9, 2008, Carney, who is accused of dealing the drugs cocaine and ecstasy at Camp Pendleton, drove to Texas to pick up his friend Lovely, who had gone home for a visit and needed a ride back to the base. While the defendants were gone, 20-year-old Stephen Serrano broke into Carney’s room and stole money with a friend, John Doe.
On May 13, 2008, when the defendants returned from Texas, a witness told them that he had seen John Doe, who was a friend of Carney’s, breaking into Carney’s room. The witness did not identify Serrano. Carney and Lovely are accused of driving John Doe to a secluded area in San Clemente, pointing a firearm at his head, and threatening to kill him if he did not tell them who had helped him steal the drug money from Carney’s room. The victim, fearing for his life, told them it had been Serrano.
Carney and Lovely are accused of driving John Doe back to Camp Pendleton and calling Serrano using John Doe’s phone. They are accused of leaving John Doe at the base and instructing the victim to meet them outside. Carney and Lovely are accused of driving Serrano to a secluded area in San Clemente and shooting him once in the face and three times in the back. After murdering the victim, the defendants are accused of leaving the body and fleeing the scene.
After the murder but prior to the discovery of the victim’s body, Carney is accused of meeting with John Doe and instructing him not to talk to anybody about what they had done to Serrano. Serrano’s body was discovered by a jogger on May 15, 2008.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.