|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF3351
November 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING-MURDER
OF FORMER GIRLFRIEND IN SANTA ANA ALLEY
SANTA ANA – A man was charged today with the murder of his former girlfriend by stabbing her to death in a Santa Ana alleyway. Luis Antonio Garcia Morales, 24, Santa Ana is charged with one felony count of special circumstance murder by lying in wait with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Morales faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is currently being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
On the evening of Nov. 13, 2012, Morales is accused of arranging to meet with 21-year-old Maria Isabel Cerrillo, with whom he had a former relationship. The defendant is accused of meeting his ex-girlfriend in an alleyway in Santa Ana, murdering her by stabbing her repeatedly, and fleeing the scene. The victim died from multiple stab wounds.
Morales was arrested on the morning of Nov. 15, 2012, by Santa Ana Police officers, who investigated this case.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.