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Posted by Fay Arfa | Sep 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for the stabbing-murder of his wife in a Santa Ana apartment.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Mark Lewis Amacher Jr., 38, Santa Ana Charged today with:
  • One felony count of murder
  • One misdemeanor count of disobeying a court order

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Personal use of a knife
  • Prior felony conviction for vandalism in 2016
27 years to life in state prison Arraignment

Sept. 20, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 18, 2017, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Amacher is accused of stabbing his wife, 58-year-old Carrie Beckett, multiple times in the chest in the living room of a Santa Ana apartment.The defendant is accused of violating a restraining order by being in contact with the victim.
  • Amacher is accused of calling an acquaintance, who called 911.
  • The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded and located the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple stab wounds.
  • SAPD arrested Amacher at the scene. The defendant's acquaintance was arrested for an unrelated warrant.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney, Homicide Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17CF2332 / September 20, 2017

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Fay Arfa

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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