Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2007
RETIRED MARINE CONVICTED OF TORTURING AND MURDERING WIFE IN THEIR IRVINE HOME
On November 30, 2004, Speights, who learned that his wife was planning to leave him for another man, meticulously assembled a series of torture and restraint devices including chains, ankle cuffs, plastic ties, mace, and a 300,000 volt stun gun. He chained the victim, Jeselinda Zill, to the bed and tortured her with the stun gun. Speights then murdered his wife by strangling her with a plastic tie.
After strangling the victim to death, the defendant called a pastor friend in
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.