A 31-year-old Anaheim resident admitted killing a man by slamming a cement block over his head in 2014, and is now awaiting a determination from an Orange County Superior Court judge as to whether he will serve his time in prison or a mental health hospital.
Kornell Randen King pleaded guilty Friday to murder and acknowledged a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon in the Oct. 7, 2014, killing of Demitrio Orozco, court records show. If deemed to be legally sane at the time of the slaying, King would face 26 years to life in prison.
The sanity phase of King’s trial will be held without a jury on June 22. If Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard King determines the defendant was insane at the time of the murder, the defendant could be sent to a mental health facility until his sanity is restored.
A defendant can be found legally insane if a disease or disorder prevented him or her of knowing the difference between right or wrong. In his plea deal, the killer said, “On Oct. 7, 2014, I did willfully, unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation and deliberation killed Demitrio Orozco by hitting him in the head with a cement block.”
Orozco was killed at 2045 W. Crescent Ave. in Anaheim near a water collection basin. Investigators testified during an earlier hearing that the blood of the victim was found on the defendant’s shin.
It was not clear what motivated the conflict.
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