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Case # 17CF2332

Date: September 20, 2017


SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for the stabbing-murder of his wife in a Santa Ana apartment.

Defendant: Mark Lewis Amacher Jr., 38, Santa Ana

Charged today with:

  • One felony count of murder
  • One misdemeanor count of disobeying a court order
  • Sentencing Enhancement
    • Personal use of a knife
  • Prior felony conviction for vandalism in 2016

Maximum Sentence: 27 years to life in state prison


Sept. 20, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 18, 2017, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Amacher is accused of stabbing his wife, 58-year-old Carrie Beckett, multiple times in the chest in the living room of a Santa Ana apartment.
  • The defendant is accused of violating a restraining order by being in contact with the victim.
    Amacher is accused of calling an acquaintance, who called 911.
  • The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded and located the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple stab wounds.
  • SAPD arrested Amacher at the scene. The defendant’s acquaintance was arrested for an unrelated warrant.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney, Homicide Unit


TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

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5 thoughts on “Santa Ana man charged with stabbing and murdering his wife”
  1. The apartment was located at 215 S. Birch St. Apartment A. I have commented a few times and referenced this apartment and individual (Braden Andrew Buck is the “acquaintance” who was arrested on an unrelated warrant and lived at the apartment where the murder took place) a few times prior on this site. Braden should have been evicted long ago, but the property owner and Gold Coast Enterprises refused to do so. Braden was a 30 something year old drug addict who associated with m-heads, teenage(?) taggers, and low level gang/crew bangers, it is sad to see that his two sons have him to look up to as a father.

    1. Carrie will be very much missed her family and friends.. She was a giving and loving person..regardless what pain she was living.she was loved by a lot of people.I. hope he gets life in prison .I don’t know the lowlife. Scum I hope he lives his life in a cell…Carrie is home with the lord and is not suffering anymore.

  2. Carrie was a beautiful person. Her family and friends will miss her very much..I hope he gets life in prison…Carrie by no means deserved to be murdered by a lowlife drug addict selfish wants be so call man ..shes home with the lord .I hope your in no more pain..she will be highly missed

  3. Carrie was a daughter, mother, friend, funny, caring, beautiful, loving, lady with a huge heart. Fly with the Angels. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU.
    This person that was in her life has no business ever seeing the light of day and I hope he gets all the bad that happens in prison.

  4. carrie was very good person that loved mark but all he ever did was hurt her with the life he draw her into he wouidnt let her live happy and anyone that help her he hurt trust me ive been on that end with him so i stop coming around her she never was invold with drugs when he not with her she work hard to have normal life and soon he came back into her life he got everyone away from her one way or another by theating them or other stuff so i stay away today i just found out he killed her my heart crys out for all she went thought i love you carrie

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