VISTA (CNS) - An Oceanside man who killed his estranged girlfriend during an argument over her new boyfriend, then stashed her body under a bed near their sleeping children, was sentenced Tuesday to 26 years to life in state prison.
Arturo Salazar, 25, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the June 2013 death of Edith Andrea Garcia, the mother of their two young children.
According to court testimony, Salazar and the 21-year-old Garcia had broken up weeks before her death and she had started dating someone else, but the defendant and the victim were still living together.
About noon on June 13, 2013, officers went to the couple's residence in the 300 block of Leeward Court to check on the victim's welfare at the request of family members who hadn't been able to contact her, Oceanside police said. Salazar answered the door and said he didn't know Garcia's whereabouts.
Officers searched the premises and found her body hidden from view in an area being used as a makeshift bedroom, police said. Garcia's throat had been slit.
Detectives questioned Salazar, who eventually told them he had killed Garcia a day earlier during an argument about infidelity.
A woman who lived in the two-story home testified that she was awakened about 2 a.m. on June 12 by the sounds of a woman screaming for help.