Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CHARGED WITH CHRISTMAS MURDER OF WIFE
FULLERTON – A man has been charged with the Christmas murder of his wife. William Wallace, 30, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Wallace is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Justice Center in Fullerton. The time is to be determined.
Sometime between Dec. 24, 2011, and Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace is accused of inflicting blunt force trauma to the head of his wife Zazell Preston, rendering her unconscious. The victim’s two young children from a previous relationship and the couple’s 7-week-old baby were in the apartment at the time.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace is accused of calling 911 to report that Preston was in need of medical attention. Responding Anaheim Police Department (APD) officers discovered the victim unresponsive in the bed of the home. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
APD is investigating this case and the investigation is ongoing.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.