Courts & Law

Suspect in court on murder charge

A GARDEN GROVE man faces life in prison in the alleged murder and sexual assault of a woman earlier this month.

A Garden Grove man accused of attacking an elderly woman who later died will be in court on Oct. 13 to face murder charges.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Michael Aon Varela, 30, is facing a possible sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole for murder and the special circumstances of the death after an attempted rape.

The incident occurred on Sept. 10 in Garden Grove. Varela is accused of attacking the 68-year-old woman at 5 a.m. outside a home while she was on a walk. He allegedly assaulted her and attempted to rape her. A witness summoned police and the suspect was arrested by GGPD officers at the scene.

The woman was taken to a local hospital where she died 11 days later of the injuries she suffered during the attack.

Varela will be arraigned at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana at 10 a.m.

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