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Trial set for O.C. man charged with killing roommate with hammer

October 4, 2011 | 11:05 pm

Luis Rivera booking photo
A murder trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Orange County for a Stanton man charged with killing his sleeping roommate with a hammer, authorities said.

Luis Rosales Rivera, 59, is accused of disliking the roommate because he believed the man was disrespectful and bossy, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Rivera allegedly hit Miguel Delacruz, 63, three times in the head on March 26, 2008, with a large hammer, prosecutors said.  Rivera is charged with fleeing the scene after the attack.

If convicted, Rivera could face up to 26 years to life in state prison.

The trial is scheduled at 9 a.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, according to online court records.


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Photo: Luis Rosales Rivera

Credit: Orange County district attorney's office