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Posted by Fay Arfa | Sep 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A United States Marine is scheduled to be arraigned today for the shooting-murder of his estranged wife in Laguna Hills.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Jerel Mark Boykins, 26, North Carolina Charged today with:
  • One felony count of murder

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Personal use of a firearm
50 years to life in state prison Arraignment

Sept. 18, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • Prior to the murder, 23-year-old Yahaira Boykins separated from her husband, defendant Jerel Boykins.
  • On Sept. 14, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Jerel Boykins is accused of going to Yahaira Boykins' home in Laguna Hills and shooting the victim multiple times with his personal firearm at close range.
  • The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene and driving to Camp Pendleton.
  • At approximately 2:20 p.m., Marine personnel detained Jerel Boykins and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), who investigated this case and arrested the defendant.
  • OCSD located the victim in her bedroom, and she was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy, Homicide Unit.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17HF1251 / September 18, 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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