|For Immediate Release
Case # 05CF3372
July 10, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND BY STRANGLING HER IN
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of strangling and murdering his 96-pound, sick girlfriend. Christopher Edward Nell, 50, Fullerton, was found guilty by a jury and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing on August 1, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On the night of June 24, 2005, Nell murdered his girlfriend, 47-year-old Karen Taylor, by strangling her to death in her Tustin apartment. Nell was angry because Taylor refused to give him drugs and he was jealous because he thought Taylor was cheating on him. Nell beat her face and arms before strangling her. The victim, who suffered from several diseases, died from suffocation. After murdering his girlfriend and leaving her nude body in the bedroom, Nell called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher that he had discovered Taylor dead in her bathtub. Responding officers found the victim’s dead body with multiple bruises and scrapes on her face. The defendant had methamphetamine in his blood at the time of the murder.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.