ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Case # 14NF4890
Date: March 3, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif – A man was convicted today of stabbing and murdering his mother’s boyfriend outside of a residence in Anaheim. Ruben Martinez, 29, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 52 yearsto life in state prison. The court will hear a bifurcated trial on Martinez’s prior strike conviction for carjacking in 2009 in Fullerton and a prior conviction for the unlawful taking of a vehicle in 2008 in Riverside County, for which he served a prison term, at his sentencing on May 12, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-44, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2014, Martinez stabbed 52-year-old Maximino F. multiple times in the torso region while they were outside a home in a neighborhood in unincorporated Anaheim. The crime was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) who arrived at the scene and discovered the victim’s body on a street near the home. The victim died as a result of his injuries. OCSD arrested the defendant at the scene.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Michelle Van Der Linden, Spokesperson