RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple face life in prison for killing a man at a 2008 New Year’s Eve party and dumping his body in a lake.

Riverside County jurors last week convicted 34-year-old Jason Howard Runnels and 30-year-old Lucia Janet Martinez of first-degree murder for the beating death of 33-year-old Rick Macias of Brea. They will be sentenced April 5.

Prosecutors say Runnels and Martinez were attending a New Year’s Eve party in Poppet Flats, which is south of Banning, when they ran into Macias at the same party.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Macias and Runnels, who had met in prison, got into an argument at the party and Macias was later reported missing. His body was found floating in Lake Fulmor near Idyllwild.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  1. Straight Outta Compton!! says:

    They didn’t even bother to weigh the body down?
    They deserve whatever’s coming to them!!

Leave a Reply to Straight Outta Compton!! Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s