Santa Monica News
“Becerril stole about $315,000 in inherited annuity funds from Merman after the victim had loaned him $250,000 to aid Becerril’s ailing business. Becerril then transferred the stolen funds among several bank accounts in order to hide the money,” states a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Becerrill was the owner of a company known as AP Financial Group in
In 2008, the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a call on March 18 at 8:00 p.m. made by Merman's apartment manager, who had received a call from Merman's mother about her son's well-being after being unable to contact him for several days. When the police arrived at Merman's apartment on the 500 block of
The SMPD worked nearly four years investigating the case, Becerril was taken into custody by authorities on March 1, 2012. His wife Sandra Becerril was also arrested on multiple counts of forgery and grand theft.
The suspect fatally stabbed Merman at his
Becerril pled no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of money laundering, and five counts of theft.
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