[UPDATED with Conviction:] Cesar Gomez GUILTY of Brutal Murder of Ashley Nicole Lilly in Upscale Garden Grove Hotel

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UPDATE, SEPT. 22, 3:47 P.M.: 36-year-old El Monte gang banger Cesar Gomez was convicted today of murdering 24-year-old Inglewood prostitute Ashley Nicole Lilly in a swanky Garden Grove hotel in August 2009.

A jury found the illegal immigrant who has been deported three times back to Mexico guilty of one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery that sets Gomez up for a possible sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole at his Dec. 2 sentencing hearing in Santa Ana.

ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 16, 11:29 A.M.: Trial began this week for an illegal immigrant, three-time deportee and Los Angeles street gang member who is accused of severely beating and strangling to death a prostitute in a Garden Grove hotel room that was left so disturbingly macabre you'd think Stephen King did the set decoration. But when 36-year-old Cesar Gomez of El Monte (via Mexico) was arrested in September 2009 for the murder of 24-year-old Ashley Nicole Lilly, the burly and tatted thug with a violent rap sheet "crumpled like a cheap suit" and started "crying like a baby," an observer told the Weekly at the time.

He is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery and, if convicted in a Santa Ana courtroom, faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

This post generated a ton of hits and comments at the time:


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Lilly left her home in Inglewood on Aug. 19, 2009, and checked into a room in one of Garden Grove's toniest hotels, the Crowne Plaza Resort on Harbor Boulevard near the 5 freeway.  "Queen Sugar," as she called herself, had advertised her Orange County arrival on several adult websites.

Chillingly, a classified ad titled "Sugar's Steamy Hott Special," which was posted on the Weekly's Backpage.com the afternoon of Aug. 20, 2009, began, "Hey Fellas...its my last night in Garden Grove."

It really was.

Late that night or early the next morning, someone severely beat Lilly's face and body and strangled her to death. No sexual assault took place. The hotel room was ransacked, and Lilly's cell phone and laptop were missing.

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R.I.P., Ashley Nicole Lilly
Later in the morning on Aug. 21, 2009, hotel staff found Lilly's body on the floor of her room and contacted Garden Grove police. As the investigation dragged on, speculation ran rampant on some websites Lilly had used to communicate with her johns. Accusations flew that a particular pimp killed Lilly, while others claimed police were disinterested in solving the case because she was an African American prostitute. Whores booking rooms at an upscale hotel near Disneyland--let alone getting murdered there--was not the chamber of commerce-endorsed image Garden Grove wanted to get out, went this reasoning.

However, what the critics obviously did not know was Garden Grove detectives, with the assistance of their Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department counterparts, were busily--and quietly--working the case. What the killer did not realize was because hotel rooms are cleaned daily, they are perfect laboratories for collecting prints and DNA evidence. Identifying, eliminating and settling on a suspect were a breeze, according to investigators.

Evidence collected at the crime scene eventually matched someone in law enforcement's DNA database (big time): Gomez.

Gomez's felony criminal history includes robbery, attempted murder and auto theft. He was deported three times to Mexico for being an illegal alien after serving time for his convictions: the first time in 2001, the next in 2004 and the third time in 2006. Police believe that upon his return to this side of the border, Gomez began establishing new identities to make it more difficult to track him. When Garden Grove detectives first approached him, he produced phony identification under a different name.

But this master criminal could not explain away Lilly's laptop being in his El Monte home.

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33 comments
Guest
Guest

This fat worthless donkey-driver piece of shit wasn't interested in sex with the poor young lady.  One, he was there to rob and two, he's been locked up most of his worthless life and is probably used to playing with the fellas anyway.

A disgrace to my race and also the human race as a whole.  Hopefully, he will get involved in the "politics" upstate and someone somewhere down the line will run something up in his ass and save us the expense of housing his donkey-driver ass.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Life in prison my ass. This bottom feeder should be six feet under already.

CONCERNED
CONCERNED

So what happened to fair justice? Apparently there were more people involved but yet cause he's the gangmemeber and has a rape sheet they only mention him. What about the other prostitue that was also involved in the murder and her son? Why dont you mention them?

Nathan
Nathan

NO black girl should EVER, EVER, EVER, trust an Hispanic/Latino male.

EVER.

909Jeff
909Jeff

17 posts and no one called out the line "Upscale Garden Grove Hotel"? 

Dw90066
Dw90066

Asley Nicole was a sweetheart.  I pray that you are resting in peace, pretty angel.

Jeff
Jeff

Damn illegals and Damn La Raza.

Marial
Marial

Viva La Raza?Now give him a college grant....

Carl Miller
Carl Miller

no no let the tax payers pay to have him shoot and then his body sent back to mexico i think we all agree that would be at leat worth the 2000 bucks

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Send him back to mexico. Let the prison in mexico deal with him  Why should the U.S.A. taxpayers pay for his prison term. 

mitch young
mitch young

And the OC Weakly morns a valued income stream.

Chipper
Chipper

He looks like such a nice happy fellow in that picture.     

Ruben
Ruben

he is the son of pat roberts.

Fred
Fred

Que viva la diversidad!

Pissedoff
Pissedoff

U want facts to back up other involvement? Apparently if the journalist was there in the whole trial and not just in the end he would of heard coming from the D.A's mouth himself about other people involved. Need more facts, the other person involved will b appearing in court on Monday morning she was the mastermind of all this!

Drunkpumpkin2003
Drunkpumpkin2003

The dumb ass author of the blog is too stupid to post all the facts...he would rather give only the information he wants people to hear. Will never be a real journalist. Cesar was not the only one there...more people involved...all participated in the crime. Not saying he was innocent at all...just more to the story than is being told by this ass.

909Jeff
909Jeff

What about the other way around? I'm half black (From the waist down) and my wife a Latina? 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Can't blame a girl for trying, 909J.

Let's see if "swanky" in the update pries them out.

Shara
Shara

Hailey,theres always some ignorant scalley wag like yourself who has to make a comment like this,especially women saying this about women..YOU'RE A CUNT and one of those women who hate other women.

Darlene
Darlene

should we say that about women who have this happen to them in one night stands too you bitch! People like this use prostitutes because they're easy targets....if he didn't have her he might take his rage out on you . Your post is sickening!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You're really going to evoke "you play, you pay" in this situation? So we should just accept the fact that this woman was brutally murdered because she was a prostitute and it was to be "expected" anyway?!!!

punkin003
punkin003

So you're condoning murder? 

Mgb3805
Mgb3805

Wow, classy. Just because she's a prostitue it doesn't mean her life is any less valuable.

freeq714
freeq714

@ Camsheel. You did read the part he was deported 3 times. 3 times!!!! What makes you think the US border is going to stop another attempt??

Perry M
Perry M

Unfortunately Mexico's ruling elite are even more corrupt and inept than our own leaders.  This is why we get to deal with the trash that flows out of their country and across our borders on a daily basis.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Show me the facts I'm lacking and I'll pass them on to a real journalist: mcoker@ocweekly.com.

Nathan
Nathan

You're on your own on that one, pal.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Nice... thanks Coker!  

Drunkpumpkin2003
Drunkpumpkin2003

Mr.Wanna Be Journalist,Here is a synopsis for you...feel free plagiarize if you need to.  Cesar was driven to the hotel by Bertha Ayala's 17 year old son...with the intent on burglary alone. Bertha was the instigator of the whole scenario..most likely knew the victim and had a vendetta against her. Cesar did the dirty work..got caught...will do his time. 17 year old son who drove Cesar there...was in hotel room also, helping tie up the victim.. took a plea bargain to testify against his mother and Cesar. Lap top was found at Bertha Ayala's house in Artesia, not Cesar's El Monte home. Bertha Ayala's trial started today...I hope you can give a fair and balanced report regarding her trial...probably not. In regards to your "observer"...I saw video of arrest, and confession..I never saw  the burly thug "crumple like a cheap suit", or "cry like a baby".  I don't condone what he did, convicted of murder, will do his time, but this isn't Jerry Springer, or Fox news.  Report FACTS for people.. 

CONCERNED
CONCERNED

TRACK DOWN BERTHA AYALA. SHE APPEARED IN COURT TODAY IN SANTA ANA. SHE'S ANOTHER PERSON INVOLVED. AND HER SON WHO AT THE TIME WAS 17 ALSO WAS INVOLVED AND WAS OFFERED A DEAL TO TESTIFY ON HER AND CESAR. WANT MORE FACTS? WITH WHAT I JUST GAVE U IS PLENTY FOR YOU TO DO MORE RESEARCH ON THIS CASE AND INSTEAD OF LEAVING OUT MORE INFORMATION.

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