|For Immediate Release
Case # 10WF2548
April 5, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR MURDERING EX-GIRLFRIEND AFTER ARGUING OVER MONEY TO CARE FOR THIER 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted and sentenced today for murdering his ex-girlfriend by beating her to death after she asked for money to care for their 8-year-old daughter. Arturo Tapia Salazar, 44, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to one felony count of second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.
On the afternoon of Oct. 15, 2010, 52-year-old Cristina Ramirez arrived at Salazar’s Garden Grove apartment, where he lived with some of his family members. The defendant got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend when she asked for money to care for their 8-year-old daughter. Salazar then hit and beat the victim and then murdered her by strangling her to death.
The victim died at the scene due to strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. The defendant’s family discovered Salazar and Ramirez and called 911. Salazar was arrested at the scene by Garden Grove police.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.