Courts & Law

Trial starts in murder of Westminster man

A 23-YEAR-OLD Santa Ana man goes on trial Wednesday for the stabbing murder of a Westminster man.

Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday morning in the 2016 stabbing murder of a 23-year-old Westminster man. Juan Angel Rivera, 23, of Santa Ana, will stand trial at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana for the death of Nathan Alfaro in an altercation.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Rivera, if convicted, could be sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison. After attending the performance of a band at the Underground DTSA in Santa Ana on March 3, 2016, Rivera got into a confrontation with Alfaro, who was a student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

The victim was stabbed several times in the torso with a knife and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange where he died as a result of his wounds. The next morning at about 10:40 a.m., Rivera was arrested by the Santa Ana Police Department.

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