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Man charged with murder after body found encased in concrete

January 2, 2013 |  1:40 pm

Approximate location of body shown in black.

A Santa Fe Springs man was charged with murder Wednesday, accused of shooting another man and encasing his body in cement, prosecutors said.

Juan Manuel Ramirez, also known as Juan Alberto Galviz, 35, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on the murder charge, along with a special allegation that he fired a shotgun, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Prosecutors plan to ask that bail be set at $1 million.

Prosecutors allege Ramirez fatally shot the victim Dec. 23 and then hid the body in concrete inside a Santa Fe Springs business. The body was discovered inside the heating and air conditioning store on Monday after Whittier police, who patrol Santa Fe Springs, received a tip about a possible killing.

The name of the victim will not be released by authorities until his family is notified.

Detectives told The Times a preliminary investigation indicated the crime had resulted from "a feud" between the victim and Ramirez. Officials did not reveal more information or the nature of the relationship between the two men.

If convicted, Galviz could receive a sentence of up to life in prison.

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Map: Approximate location of body shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times' Mapping L.A. 

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