SANTA ANA, Calif. – A daughter is scheduled to face trial Monday for shooting and murdering her 96-year-old mother. Christine Marie Reynolds, 72, Rossmoor, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2014, Reynolds is accused of using a firearm to murder her mother Gretchen DeStefano by shooting her in the head in their Rossmoor home.
Shortly after the shooting, another resident in the home contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), who investigated this case, and arrested the defendant.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 14WF3283 / November 06, 2015