Clue-Dropping Orange County Killer Has Conviction Complaint
Inside an Anaheim garage on the day he committed his 2009 act of violence, Baltazar drank booze, smoked marijuana and consumed methamphetamine with a group of men, including his eventual victim, 24-year-old, drug dealer James Arrecis.
Several hours before Baltazar fired a 12-gauge shotgun blast at close range into Arrecis' head on a Brea street, he sent his victim a telephonic text message calling him a "dumbass."
But the killer wasn't done helping to guarantee his conviction.
He also bragged to at least three people that he was the killer and his father ultimately provided the motive: his son committed the murder because he'd felt "disrespected."
A 2012 jury agreed with prosecutors inside the Orange County District Attorney's Office and found Baltazar guilty.
But he appealed, claiming witnesses gave jurors perjured testimony.
This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered the killer's complaint and rejected it by blaming any conflicting statements on the fact that Baltazar--who'd attempted to create an alibi but failed--had frightened witnesses to back off earlier accounts given to police.
Upshot: The 38-year-old genius will continue to serve his 50 years to life sentence inside a high-security cell at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.