Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
JURY CONVICTS 60-YEAR-OLD MAN FOR MURDERING
HIS OLDER BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW AFTER
THEY TOLD HIM TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR HOME
On April 7, 2005, Renteria shot and murdered his 71-year-old brother, James Renteria, and his 67-year-old sister-in-law, Bernice Renteria, with whom he had been living for three months. The victims were suffering from various medical conditions and allowed the defendant to live with them in exchange for care and assistance as they got older. When the victims told the defendant to move out, the defendant attempted to convince the couple to let him stay, while recording his mounting anger and hatred for them in a journal.
After being frustrated by failing to convince his brother to let him continue living in the home, the defendant shot his brother in the back of the head with a firearm as the victim sat on the couch watching television. He then shot his sister-in-law in the bathroom, and dragged her murdered body into the bedroom. Renteria lived in the home for four days after the murder with the bodies still in the house.
When the defendant finally left the home, he stole the victim’s credit cards, checkbooks, and other personal items. He was later arrested after being caught using his brother’s credit card to check in to a Best Western in
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.