A Los Angeles man who served almost three many years in jail for killing his stepmother was charged with a second ugly homicide Monday, in line with a launch from the LA County district lawyer’s workplace.
Timothy Chavira, 56, was launched from jail on parole in July 2017 after being sentenced to 26 years in jail for beating and stabbing his stepmother to dying in 1986.
He’s now been charged within the homicide of Editha Cruz de Leon, 76, who was discovered lifeless in her dwelling on Dec. eight when relations got here to select her up for a Sunday birthday lunch. An post-mortem discovered that she died from “sharp force injuries and strangulation,” in line with an L.A. County coroner’s report.
The convicted killer faces both life in jail with out risk of parole or the dying penalty if discovered responsible once more. He stays in custody on $2 million bond.
It is unclear whether or not Chavira and De Leon knew one another previous to the killing, or how authorities linked him to the case.
De Leon was a retired gynecologist who immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines together with her husband in 1970. She was a mom of 5 youngsters, a grandmother to 5 and a “devoted Catholic,” in line with her obituary.
Within the 1986 homicide of Chavira’s stepmother, Laurie Ann Chavira, prosecutors mentioned Chavira beat his stepmotherr with a chair or desk leg, stabbed her within the chest and stuffed her physique into the trunk of a automotive. Investigators discovered the decomposing physique 11 days later.
“The only motive I could come up with was hatred,” then-Deputy Dist. Atty. David E. Demerjian instructed the Los Angeles Instances in 1987 concerning the slaughter. At the moment, Chavira had simply been launched from parole for a theft he dedicated in Oregon.