|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF1419
May 23, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CHARGED WITH STRANGULATION-MURDER OF WIFE IN IRVINE APARTMENT
SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with strangling and murdering his wife in their Irvine apartment. Shalabh Rastogi, 39, Irvine, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The People will request Rastogi be held without bail at his arraignment today, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At the time of the crime, Rastogi is accused of having marital trouble with his 40-year-old wife Jalina George, with whom he had three school-aged children.
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 21, 2012, the defendant is accused of strangling and murdering George in a bedroom of their Irvine apartment. He is accused of leaving the victim’s body in the bedroom closet and then calling the police.
The Irvine Police Department, who investigated this case, immediately responded to the scene and arrested the defendant without incident.
The couple’s three children were not home at the time and are now in protective custody.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.