ORANGE COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN FOR MURDERING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND MOTHER OF HIS TWO CHILDREN

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Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


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

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2006
Contact:

Susan Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell

ORANGE COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN FOR MURDERING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND
MOTHER OF HIS TWO CHILDREN

SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man was indicted today by the Orange County Grand Jury for murdering his estranged wife in her Anaheim apartment.  Miguel Cervantes, 44, is charged with murder and personally discharging a firearm causing death. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in C5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.  If convicted, he faces 75 years to life in prison. 

On October 27, 2005, Miguel Cervantes is accused of going to the apartment of his estranged wife and mother of his two children, Teresa Cervantes.  The defendant is accused of arguing with the victim and then shooting her four times.  He is accused of fleeing the scene and leaving the victim in the living room, where she was discovered by a roommate bloody and lying face down on the couch.  The victim later died in the hospital. 

Miguel Cervantes is also accused of driving to Riverside later that day, chasing a man in another car, and firing bullets into the vehicle.  The second victim was in the car with his 10-year-old son.   

Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

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