Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF ROBBING AND MURDERING VICTIM AND LEAVING HIM IN HIS BED
FULLERTON – A man was charged Wednesday and will be arraigned this afternoon for a special circumstances murder of a father of two who was found murdered in his bed after working a graveyard shift. Jaime Jezzuel Lopez, 26, Garden Grove, was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder with the allegation that the defendant was engaged in the commission of a robbery at the time of the murder. Lopez was also charged with one felony count of residential robbery. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Lopez is ineligible for bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned today, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
In the morning of June 4, 2007, Rejinold Harry, 45, a married father of two sons, came home after working the graveyard shift as a laboratory technician. At approximately 6:00 a.m., his wife left the residence for work. Harry took his younger son to school that morning. At 1:30 p.m., Harry was found dead by his wife in their one bedroom studio apartment in Fullerton. The victim’s body was discovered lying face down and naked on his bed with multiple injuries to the back of his head. There were no signs of forced entry. The residence had been ransacked and there was jewelry and currency missing.
Lopez is accused of murdering Harry during the commission of a robbery in the victim’s home. The defendant is accused of leaving his DNA at the crime scene in a relevant location.
Approximately one month after the murder in July of 2007, Lopez was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant in the city of Garden Grove. At the time of his arrest, the defendant is accused of possessing multiple items of female jewelry believed to have been taken from the victim’s residence.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this case is encouraged to contact Fullerton Police Detective Mario Magliano at (714) 738-6753 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Ed Contreras at (714) 347-8492.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.