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A Moreno Valley woman, her son and her lover have been convicted of fatally beating her husband after the victim discovered that she had been cheating on him.
The marriage had not been going well prior to the murder, as investigators were told the wife had threatened to “kill that son-of-a-bitch” husband.
After four days of deliberations, a Riverside jury found Darla Anne Bennett, 45, her 28-year-old son, Sonnie Chavira, and 48-year-old David James Harrison guilty of the December 2014 slaying of Juan Servin of Moreno Valley.
All three defendants were convicted Thursday of first-degree murder, while Harrison was additionally found guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 21 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The trio faces 25 years to life in state prison.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Sean Freeman, the 47-year-old Servin was beaten to death on the night of Dec. 4, 2014, in the garage of his and Bennett’s single-story home at 16418 Hazelwood Court.
The defendants and victim were drinking when Servin became agitated and allegedly made disparaging remarks about Bennett, who had been romantically involved with Harrison for two months, Freeman said.
According to the detective, Bennett later told investigators that she stepped out of the garage and returned moments later to find Harrison and Chavira striking her drunken husband on the head with blunt instruments. An autopsy later revealed he had been hit 22 times and died from blunt force trauma.
Freeman stated that investigators spoke to several witnesses, who alleged Bennett and Servin had been at odds for a while, and she had once expressed a desire to “kill that son-of-a-bitch.”
Harrison and Chavira wrapped Servin’s body in a yellow comforter, taped it up and tossed it into the back of his pickup truck. Harrison then drove into the Badlands, a sparsely populated area between Moreno Valley and Beaumont, and dumped the remains alongside the eastbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, according to the prosecution.
Freeman alleged that blood spatter was later identified on Harrison’s jacket, in the defendant’s Corvette and a Nissan Sentra that he’d rented around the time of the killing. He and Bennett were arrested in Long Beach a few days later.
Chavira was arrested two months later in Dallas. He has no documented prior felony convictions.
According to court records, Bennett, also known as Darla Anne Sell, has a prior conviction for embezzlement. Harrison, also known as David James Butler, has priors for being a felon in possession of a concealed weapon and evading arrest. He has served time in state prison.
Bennett and Chavira are each being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Harrison is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
— City News Service