OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF DRUG DEALER CONVICTED OF 1990 STABBING-MURDER OF PRO TENNIS ATHLETE OVER $20 DEBT

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


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

For Immediate Release







August 8, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486


OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF DRUG DEALER CONVICTED OF 1990 STABBING-MURDER OF PRO TENNIS ATHLETE OVER $20 DEBT

 

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of a drug dealer convicted of the stabbing-murder of a former college athlete-turned-tennis pro over a $20 drug debt. Ehriberto Arcelara, 47, is currently being held at Calipatria State Prison in Calipatria, CA. Arcelara was sentenced April 18, 1991, to 16 years to life in state prison for one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon. This case was originally prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Richard King. Arcelara is scheduled for a parole hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (Board).

 

Deputy District Attorney Renee Jones will attend the hearing to oppose Arcelara’s parole.

 

Stabbing-Murder of Stephen Aniston 

Between 1985 and 1990, Arcelara was arrested under 21 different aliases for property crimes and multiple narcotics-related offenses and narcotics sales.

 

Stephen Aniston received an athletic scholarship from University of California, Irvine but started using cocaine and subsequently lost his scholarship.  Aniston began playing in the pro-circuit, going on to play at Wimbledon, and was ranked among the world’s top 200 tennis players by the United States Tennis Association.

 

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 1990, 26-year-old drug dealer Arcelara sold $20 worth of cocaine to 27-year-old Aniston. A dispute broke out during the transaction and Arcelara stabbed Aniston. The victim managed to get away from Arcelara and escaped in his car. Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officers saw the victim’s car drifting across Yorktown Avenue east of Beach Boulevard. Suspecting it might be a drunken driver, the officers were about to pull him over when the victim’s car crossed the center divider and crashed into the center embankment. When the HBPD officers reached the vehicle, they found Aniston severely injured from his stab wounds. He died at the scene before paramedics arrived.

 

It was determined during the murder investigation that Arcelara had bragged to three other drug dealers that he had stabbed the victim “where it hurts.” Just two weeks prior to the murder, Arcelara had threatened another person with a knife.

 

Lack of Rehabilitation, Responsibility and Remorse

Since his incarceration, Arcelara has accumulated 16 major rule violations, primarily for sexually deviant beha