ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 13CF1954
Date: July 20, 2016
FULLERTON, Calif. – A man is scheduled to face trial tomorrow for the stabbing-murder of his acquaintance after chasing and stalking him and fleeing to Mexico. Mario Alberto Rodriguez, 26, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison. Opening statements are scheduled to begin tomorrow, July 21, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in Department N-11, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
On March 9, 2013, Rodriguez is accused of seeing 26-year-old acquaintance Paul Anthony Garcia, from Irvine, in front of the defendant’s family’s home in Santa Ana, and chasing him on foot. Rodriguez and two associates followed Garcia for a few blocks until he entered the El Chile Picante Restaurant on South Main Street. Continue reading