MARINE FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING FELLOW MARINE IN DISPUTE OVER STOLEN DRUG MONEY


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 08ZF0022






November 30, 2011

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MARINE FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING FELLOW MARINE IN DISPUTE OVER STOLEN DRUG MONEY

*Co-defendant is pending trial in this case

 

SANTA ANA – A Marine faces trial tomorrow for shooting and murdering a fellow Marine in a secluded area of San Clemente over a dispute about stolen drug money. Christian William Carney, 25, Manorville, NY, was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton) at the time of the crime and is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of criminal threats, one felony count of attempting to dissuade a witness, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 53 years and eight months to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

 

Co-defendant Alvin Reed Lovely, 24, Dallas, Texas, also a Marine at Camp Pendleton at the time of the crime, is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of criminal threats, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 38 years to life in state prison. His jury trial date is to be determined.

 

While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Carney is accused of being a drug dealer who sold cocaine and ecstasy.

 

During the weekend of May 9, 2008, Carney is accused of driving to Texas to pick up his friend, Lovely, who had gone home for a visit and needed a ride back to the base. While Carney was gone, 20-year-old Stephen Serrano and his friend, Chad Hatch, broke into Carney’s room and stole his drug money.

 

When the defendants returned from Texas, a witness told them that he had seen Carney’s friend, Hatch, breaking into Carney’s room. The witness did not identify Serrano.

 

On May 13, 2008, Carney and Lovely are accused of driving Hatch to a secluded area in San Clemente, pointing a firearm at his head, and threatening to kill him if he did not tell them who had helped him steal the drug money from Carney’s room. The victim, fearing for his life, told them it had been Serrano.

 

Carney and Lovely are accused of driving Hatch back to Camp Pendleton and calling Serrano using Hatch’s phone. They are accused of leaving Hatch at the base and instructing Serrano to leave the base with them. Carney and Lovely are accused of driving Serrano to a secluded area in San Clemente. Carney is accused of then shooting Serrano one time in the face and three times in the back.  After murdering the victim, the defendants are accused of leaving the body and fleeing the scene.

 

After the murder but prior to the discovery of the victim’s body, Carney is accused of meeting with Hatch and instructing him not to talk to anybody about what they had done to Serrano. Serrano’s body