A California man has been convicted of second diploma murder after being accused of killing his spouse on Christmas 10 years in the past and propping her physique on the sofa whereas her children opened presents, officers mentioned.
William Wallace, 39, of Anaheim was convicted Wednesday of the murder cost and is scheduled to be sentenced June 4, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer mentioned in a information launch. Wallace faces a most of 15 years to life in jail and beforehand served time for beating his spouse, in accordance with the discharge.
Wallace was indicted by a grand jury in 2012 for one felony rely of murder within the killing of his spouse Zazell Preston, 26, Spitzer mentioned. Prosecutors mentioned Wallace hit Preston within the head between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 2011 whereas her 3-year-old daughter, 8-year-old daughter and the couple’s 7-week-old son have been in the home.
Wallace is accused of calling the police on Christmas morning to report that Preston wanted medical consideration, Spitzer mentioned. Anaheim police mentioned they discovered her unresponsive and she or he was later pronounced useless at a hospital.
“A young mother finally losing her life after years of violence at the hands of her husband is a heart wrenching tragedy,” Spitzer mentioned. “That heartbreak is only exacerbated by the fact that her children witnessed much of the violence and were forced to celebrate Christmas in the presence of their dead mother. That is not a Christmas memory any child should be forced to have.”