O.C. man charged with luring ex-girlfriend into alley, killing her

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An Orange County man was charged Monday with stabbing his former girlfriend to death in a Santa Ana alleyway, prosecutors said.

Luis Antonio Garcia Morales, 24, faces one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

If convicted, Morales could be sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said.

Morales, a Santa Ana resident, is being held without bail.

Prosecutors allege that Morales arranged to meet his former girlfriend, Maria Isabel Cerrillo, on Nov. 13 in an alleyway and stabbed her repeatedly before fleeing. Cerrillo died as a result of the stab wounds, officials said.


Morales was arrested two days later by Santa Ana police.


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