Pair arrested, arraigned in woman’s death at Deep Creek

After a six-month investigation, sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man and woman from Apple Valley in the shooting death of 19-year-old Raquel Rayas at Deep Creek.

Sheriff’s detectives say the two suspects, Joseph Villa and Angela Lucia Sanchez, knew the victim. But detectives did not release any motive that the pair may have had in Rayas’ death, said Cindy Bachman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Villa, 23, and Sanchez, 38, pleaded not guilty to murder charges at their arraignments Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
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Prelim to be scheduled for two men accused of beating Giants fan at stadium

Two Rialto men are back in court next month in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood appeared Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where they are set to return Nov. 4 to schedule the date for a preliminary hearing, according to sports news web site ESPN.com.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge listens to witness testimony to determine if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges and hold over the defendants for trial.

Stow, 42, and a father of two, remains hospitalized after he was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium as fans left the Opening Day game.

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Update: Defense to appeal verdicts in killing of estranged wife’s lover

Readers: Here’s another example of getting an early glimpse of tomorrow’s story today. This sneak preview is about the verdicts announced in the trial for Joe Anthony Sanchez in San Bernardino.

By Mike Cruz
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO — A Rialto man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly stabbing of a man he found in his estranged wife’s bed.

The jury determined Joe Anthony Sanchez was not guilty of a greater charge of murder in last year’s death of 28-year-old Jose Alonso Madrigal, who was stabbed in the neck while the pair reportedly wrestled with large knife.

Sanchez was also cleared of any charges in connection with his wife and key witness, Charity Sanchez, when the jury declared him not guilty of attempted murder charges related to her.

The verdicts were announced Wednesday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

“That tells me they didn’t believe her,” Deputy Public Defender Jeffrey Lawrence said of Charity Sanchez’s testimony, in a courthouse hallway after the verdicts were announced.

Sanchez, 29, found the pair inside the married couple’s San Bernardino home during an early morning visit in August 2007.

Charity Sanchez allowed her husband into the home to use the bathroom. But he detoured to a darkened bedroom and found Madrigal in the bed.

Charity Sanchez told police she had a romantic relationship with Madrigal. However, the couple are still married today, the defense lawyer confirmed.

“The facts of the case were difficult,” said Alex Martinez, deputy district attorney. “I understand and respect the jury’s decision.”

The defense plans to appeal the verdict, based on unfair evidentiary rulings that kept evidence out of the trial, Lawrence said.

For example, evidence that cocaine was found in the victim’s system and evidence of Charity Sanchez’s violent past were not allowed at trial.

The defense also said it learned a week before trial that a sex diary, or journal, kept by the wife was found at the scene.

mike.cruz@inlandnewspapers.com

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Verdicts in for Rialto man in death of man found with estranged wife

A Rialto man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter today in the deadly stabbing of a man the defendant encountered with his estranged wife last year.

The jury found Joe Anthony Sanchez not guilty of murder charges in the August 2007 death of 28-year-old Jose Alonso Madrigal and not guilty of charges related to his then-estranged wife and key prosecution witness, Charity Sanchez, during proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

“That tells me they didn’t believe her,” Deputy Public Defender Jeffrey Lawrence said of Charity Sanchez’s testimony, afterward in a courthouse hallway.
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Estranged wife resumes testimony Monday in murder trial involving spouse, boyfriend

A woman at the center of the murder of her boyfriend 28-year-old Jose Alonso Madrigal, allegedly by her estranged husband, is scheduled to resume her testimony Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Charity Sanchez was the only witness to testify Thursday during day-long proceedings in the trial for Joe Anthony Sanchez, according to court records. The trial was dark on Friday, and she was ordered to return to court Monday morning.

Joe Sanchez, 29, faces charges in the death of Madrigal and the attempted murder of his estranged wife, Charity Sanchez, when he encountered the pair in August 2007 at the San Bernardino home the married couple had shared.

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