|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING LOVER BY
BEATING HIM WITH ROCK TO STEAL VICTIM’S
MONEY, CAR, AND ELECTRONICS
SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with murdering his lover by beating him to death with a rock in order to steal the victim’s car, money, and valuables. Jose Fuentes, 23, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of special circumstances murder, first degree robbery, and first degree residential burglary. The special circumstance sentencing enhancements include murder by lying in wait, murder in the commission of a robbery, and murder in the commission of a burglary. If convicted, Fuentes faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.
Prior to June 5, 2010, Fuentes is accused of having a one-month intimate relationship with Pedro Cerecer. The defendant is accused of plotting for several days to murder the victim in order to steal Cerecer’s money, valuable electronics, and car.
On June 5, 2010, Fuentes is accused of going to the victim’s Santa Ana apartment to share drinks and have sex with Cerecer. The defendant is accused of waiting in the apartment until the victim went to sleep and then finding a decorative rock inside the home. He is accused of straddling Cerecer as he slept and murdering the victim by beating him to death with the rock.
Fuentes is accused of stealing the victim’s credit cards, cell phone, and electronic equipment, including his flat screen TV, and loading the stolen property into Cerecer’s Toyota sedan. He is accused of then fleeing the scene.
On June 6, 2010, Fuentes was stopped while driving by the Garden Grove Police Department. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving without a valid license. The car Fuentes was driving was impounded.
The Santa Ana Police Department, who was investigating the murder of Cerecer, ran a search for Cerecer’s car and found it had been impounded by Garden Grove police.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.