A 17-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing his 16- year-old ex-girlfriend in her Pico Rivera home while her mother slept upstairs was ordered Thursday to remain in custody in lieu of $2 million bail while awaiting arraignment.
Rory Murga of Pico Rivera is being prosecuted as an adult. He made his initial court appearance in Downey on a murder charge stemming from last Friday’s killing of Elena Lillian Moore, but did not enter a plea.
Murga, whose arraignment was rescheduled to Sept. 8 at the Norwalk courthouse, could face up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The teens had been involved in a relationship for about a year, but the victim had broken up with Murga two weeks before she was killed, according to prosecutors and detectives.
Murga allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend multiple times before fleeing from her home in the 9800 block of Shade Lane. The mortally wounded girl made it upstairs, where her mother was awakened by her daughter’s screams and called 911.
The girl died at the scene. Information provided by her mother pointed to the teen’s former boyfriend as the suspect, and sheriff’s deputies announced later that day that they were looking for Murga.
He was taken into custody about 7:35 a.m. Tuesday after patrolling deputies spotted him under a railroad underpass at Rosemead Boulevard and Slauson Avenue.
–City News Service