A man who put his wife’s body in front of children for murder

Santa Ana, Calif. (AP) — A man in Southern California killed his wife when his children opened a Christmas present and supported him on the couch, but was convicted of a second murder on Wednesday.

A law firm in the Orange County district said in a statement that Anaheim’s William Wallace, 39, could face a 15-year life imprisonment when sentenced in June. ..

Za’Zell Preston, 26, was at home when Wallace, who had already been in prison to beat her, was fatally beaten on December 24 or early December 25, 2011. I was taking a university class hoping to become a violence counselor. Said.

The prosecution said the couple went to their neighbor’s Christmas Eve party, and the neighbor heard the discussion later that night.

The next morning, according to the prosecution, Wallace dragged his wife’s body from the bedroom to the sofa in the living room, put on sunglasses, and told the children, “Mom messed up Christmas, she got drunk and messed up Christmas.”

Then he had them open their Christmas gifts, officials said.

Wallace’s lawyer claimed that Preston died of an injury after he got drunk and stumbled and fell to a glass table and shattered.

When the rescue workers arrived, Preston collapsed on the couch. She left a seven-week-old son and two daughters from a previous relationship. They were 3 and 8 years old at the time.

“It’s a tragic tragedy for a young mother to finally die after years of violence by her husband,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “The broken heart is exacerbated only by the fact that her children witnessed much of the violence and were forced to celebrate Christmas in front of their dead mother. It should be forced on any child of Christmas. It’s not a memory. “