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Posted by Fay Arfa | Nov 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A drunken driver was convicted today of murdering a mother of three after driving into oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into her minivan in Mission Viejo.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
William Joseph Carroll, 51, Mission Viejo Found guilty by a jury today of:
  • One felony count of second degree murder
15 years to life in state prison Sentencing

Jan. 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • At approximately 11:40 p.m. on May 7, 2013, Carroll was driving a pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol in Mission Viejo.
  • The defendant made a left turn from El Toro Road onto Santa Margarita Parkway and drove southbound in the northbound lanes.
  • Carroll drove approximately one-third of a mile into oncoming traffic before slamming head-on into a minivan being driven by 36-year-old Ana Martinez.
  • The victim was alone in the car and died as a result of the impact of the collision. She is survived by her husband and three children, then ages 2, 7, and 15.
  • Carroll displayed objective signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .23 percent approximately two hours after the collision.
  • The defendant turned himself in to law enforcement in New York after being charged and was transported back to Orange County on Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Carroll had prior knowledge that he could be charged with murder if he killed a person while driving under the influence of alcohol based on a prior misdemeanor driving under the influence charge to which he pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2008 (Case #08HM08824).

The Orange County Sheriff's Department investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel Feldman, Homicide Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 14HF0031 / November 13, 2017

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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