Kwang Chol Joy Guilty of Slaying Roommate and Army Veteran with Future Maribel Ramos

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Kwang Chol "K.C." Joy and Maribel Ramos in happier times.

A jury today found a 55-year-old Orange man guilty of murdering his roommate--a U.S. Army veteran who was poised to graduate from Cal State Fullerton--dumping her body in Modjeska Canyon and then acting as if he was surprised as anyone she was missing.

Kwang Choi "K.C." Joy Answers "Hell No" When Asked If He Murdered Maribel Ramos

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Maribel Ramos, R.I.P.
Kwang Chol "K.C." Joy was convicted of second-degree murder in the May 2013 killing of 36-year-old Maribel Manriquez Ramos, an Iraqi War veteran who was about to receive a bachelor's in criminology from Cal State Fullerton.

Questioned by police and the media in the days after Ramos went missing, Joy described her as his best friend and the only family he had. Joy claimed he last saw Ramos outside their Orange apartment on May 2, 2013. Her family reported her missing the following day when she did not show up to gathering tied to her looming graduation. Her body was found May 16, 2013, near Santiago Canyon and Jackson Ranch roads in Modjeska Canyon.

Investigators later learned Ramos had been trying to get Joy to leave their apartment because he was not paying rent. Ironically, she was last seen in surveillance tape going to the rental office to pay rent. It was also discovered she had called 9-1-1 two weeks before she went missing because of strange things Joy told her and that they had been arguing the night before she disappeared.

Joy's attorney, Adam Vining of the Orange County Public Defender's Office, conceded during the trial that his client killed Ramos in the heat of passion, acted strangely, gave misleading statements to cops and the media and unwittingly pointed searchers to the body. But that, Vining told jurors in his closing argument, was not proof Joy purposely murdered Ramos only that she "died and someone buried her body." Cause of death is unknown because the body was ravaged by animals.

The circumstantial evidence in the case indicated Joy could be just as guilty of voluntary manslaughter, argued Vining, as reported by City News Service's Paul Anderson. But Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons told jurors Joy had done something more sinister, being in love with Ramos, who had a boyfriend, and deciding if Joy could not have her, no one would.

Joy was caught through surveillance at a public library researching how long it takes for a human body to decay and how close a search party would be to the burial site, something the prosecutor dubbed "a virtual drive-by" and "the break" that led searchers to Ramos' body. That, Simmons maintained, proved a "consciousness of guilt" that allowed for conviction of first-degree murder. Jurors obviously split the difference today. Joy is scheduled to return to Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana for sentencing on Sept. 12, when he could get 15 years to life in state prison.

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949girl
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This case will be on Dateline tonight.

markie19
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Eddie Miguel Quinonez
Eddie Miguel Quinonez

His attorney was trying to plead a "heat of passion" case which is a manslaughter sentence. It's clear that his actions was capitol, premeditated murder, and lying in wait; cuz he plotted it by researching at a library according to the articles. That is a life sentence there!

Amy Corbett MacLean
Amy Corbett MacLean

She's not on his lap...they are on a staircase. It says she called the police because of some things he said

Toejam
Toejam

They appear to be a couple in this picture with his arm around her and her tilting her head toward him. Maybe Maribel decided to cool things off between them and he couldn't take the rejection. Sad. She was a beautiful girl and a vet. RIP Maribel.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

This story is so sad.  She sounded like a great person and she served our country.  She probably thought the defendant was a nice, harmless guy.  

Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

Why is she on his lap with his hand around her waist? I know of no roomates this close... This SOB must have convinced himself she wanted to be more than a roomate, was turned down and took matters to far. She should have seen some red flags prior to all of this and got out of there. Shame

barraganfj
barraganfj

@kingdom:  Your comments are really way off.  Sgt Maribel Ramos, was renting an EXTRA ROOM to the guy that got convicted of her murder.  My guess, is that because Sgt Ramos served two tours in Iraq's combat zone, and one in South Korea, and as all males serve in the military in S. Korea, she probably felt comfortable renting to an older S. Korean man, who also had military background.  They became friends as is expected of  roommates, but there was nothing else beyond that.  According to the family, Sgt Maribel Ramos had no personal attraction to her murderer.

kingdom
kingdom

This outta teach you vvhores not to lead guys on then try to toss them away like trash. And why is she living with an old man if she isn't interested in him? That's what she gets for being a dirty rotten vvhore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy Au
Andy Au

I would be much happier to see him get the death penalty rather than serving life in prison.

Leslie Mendoza
Leslie Mendoza

Sophia Ascencio was this what u were telling me about?

Lucy Ramos Mora
Lucy Ramos Mora

No sentence was given yet, til sept 12 please pray & hope that they give him a life sentence.

Eddie Miguel Quinonez
Eddie Miguel Quinonez

Great woman here, I went to CSUF with her. Sad the her life was cut short by this idiot:(.

Phil D Nice
Phil D Nice

Fifteen years??? Fuck him I'll kill him my god damn self.

Sam Chong
Sam Chong

What a piece of shit... A beautiful and wonderful woman is gone because he couldn't pay rent? Hang him by a tree and the let the crows eat him....

Lucy Ramos Mora
Lucy Ramos Mora

This is my cousin Maribel she was even more amazing than what people have read about. Our hearts are still hurting. Please keep our family in your prayers. & to oc weekly please take this picture down its hard for us to see this pic. Post one of her in her uniform or alone. Thank you!!!

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

what a piece of shit. good looking chick with a good head on her shoulders that served for our country and now she's gone because that dick got butt hurt. man up, you pussies! if a broad don't like you then move the fuck on.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Like I said before...Ramos faithfully served and survived two tours of duty in Iraq only to get murdered by her lovelorn psychopath of a roommate. It's a damn shame. :-(

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@barraganfj I agree with your comment.  She probably felt safe around him.  The photo posted above looks like they were close friends.  Really sad story.

toddsputnik1
toddsputnik1

And THAT is why you are single and watch porn inbetween picking up your welfare checks.

Sevenhorsemen
Sevenhorsemen

@kingdom  Hey freakshow, don't put insult a war veteran who was murdered by another freak because you've got a hot nut for a girl who thinks you're a loser. You need a shrink, several years of therapy and some meds.

Sevenhorsemen
Sevenhorsemen

@thesandman7700 War criminal? You must be Al Queda then. She was a girl serving her country. You don't talk shit about anyone serving their country and doing their job. She did more for her country in her short life than you'll ever do for anyone in your entire life.

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