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Man convicted of slaying wife

AN ANAHEIM MAN was convicted Wednesday of killing his wife (Shutterstock).

An Anaheim man was convicted Tuesday (today) of second degree murder for killing his wife on Christmas in 2011 and then propping her body on the couch while the woman’s children opened Christmas presents. He had previously spent time in jail for beating his wife.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, William Wallace, 39, of Anaheim, was indicted on one felony count of murder by a grand jury in 2012.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4, 2021. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life.

Between Dec. 24, 2011, and Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace used blunt force trauma to the head of his wife, Zazell Preston, 26, rendering her unconscious. The victim’s 3-year-old and 8-year-old daughters from a previous relationship and the couple’s 7-week-old son were in the apartment at the time.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2011, Wallace is accused of calling 911 to report that Preston was in need of medical attention. Responding Anaheim Police Department officers discovered the victim unresponsive. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Preston had been taking college classes in hopes of becoming a domestic violence counselor.


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