Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN FACES TRIAL FOR SHOOTING AND MURDERING GIRLFRIEND’S LOVER AFTER FINDING OUT ABOUT AFFAIR
SANTA ANA – Opening statements will begin on Monday on a trial of a man facing trial for the shooting murder of co-worker, Miguel Jimenez, after finding out about the victim’s romantic relationship with his girlfriend of 24 years. Jose Anthony Verduzco, 43, Orange, is charged with one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, Verduzco faces a maximum of 50 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-45, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On the morning of Nov. 29, 2005, Verduzco is accused of going to Miguel Jimenez’s residence on West Chapman Avenue in Orange armed with a firearm. He is accused of shooting Miguel Jimenez multiple times in the head and chest in front of the victim’s family member because he believed the victim was having a romantic relationship with his girlfriend of 24 years. The defendant is accused of laughing while shooting Jimenez, and then pointing the gun at Jimenez’ relative. While Jimenez lay dying he gestured to his relative to leave because Verduzco is dangerous. The defendant is accused of fleeing to Mexico because he knew he was guilty. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Verduzco was arrested by Mexican authorities and was extradited back to Orange County.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron J. Talley is prosecuting this case.