Lucie Wardell Allegedly Stabbed Her Roommate Hoa Hui Repeatedly Until 50 y.o. Died: DA

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post on Lucie Wardell's arraignment for the fatal stabbing. Also, Garden Grove Police Department corrected the victim's name.

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Lucie Wardell
ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 24, 7:04 A.M.: Firefighters were called to a board and care home in Garden Grove about a reported heart attack victim late Friday morning.

What Garden Grove Fire Department personnel discovered instead was deceased 50-year-old Hoa L. Hui, who had lacerations around her face and neck.

Lucie Wardell, Hoa's 49-year-old roommate, was later questioned and confessed to the killing, according to police.

The call to the fire department came from the care home at 10811 Chapman Ave. around 11:05 a.m, according to Garden Grove Police Lieutenant Ben Stauffer.

It was firefighters who asked police to investigate, Stauffer added.

Wardell was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of murder, but the motive for the killing was not initially known, Stauffer said.

An autopsy was scheduled, according to the police spokesman, who said he could not comment on the medical issues that had the women housed in the board and care home due to "privacy concerns."

UPDATE, FEB. 25, 1:59 P.M.: Lucie Wardell is scheduled to be arraigned today in Westminster, where prosecutors will ask a Superior Court judge to set her bail at $1 million.

She is accused of stabbing her roommate repeatedly, killing the woman, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.

Wardell is charged with felony murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife and faces up to 26 years to life in state prison with a conviction.

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle



why?


in some delusional attempt to not sound superficial?



we scan the highs and lows of and for the truth


btw,


what do you think of the picture???? 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle


she confessed so you can drop the mother teresa act 


her looks are irrelevant to her act but even you had a reaction to her look


you might want to dismiss it ( for "fear" ) 


but you had a reaction to her looks

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