|For Immediate Release
Case # 12ZF0135
April 30, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR CHRISTMAS MURDER OF WIFE
SANTA ANA – A man was indicted today by the Orange County Grand Jury for the Christmas 2011 murder of his wife. William Wallace, 30, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Wallace is being held on $1 million bail and will be arraigned on the indictment May 4, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office released a press release Dec. 28, 2011, with the following information on the Wallace case:
Sometime between Dec. 24, 2011, and Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace is accused of inflicting blunt force trauma to the head of his wife Zazell Preston, rendering her unconscious. The victim’s two young children from a previous relationship and the couple’s 7-week-old baby were in the apartment at the time.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace is accused of calling 911 to report that Preston was in need of medical attention. Responding Anaheim Police Department officers discovered the victim unresponsive in the bed of the home. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.