Marine Found Guilty of Murder Over Car Dispute

By Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Feb 10, 2011  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Marine Found Guilty of Murder Over Car Dispute

North County Times

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A jury has found a local Marine guilty of first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of an Oceanside man over a car dispute.

Raphael Ramey, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder on Thursday for killing Charles Williams, 23, because restoration work on the defendant's classic car wasn't finished on time, said prosecutors.

The jury also found Ramey guilty of a special circumstance allegation of torture, but rejected a special circumstance allegation of carjacking. They deadlocked on allegations of robbery and lying in wait.  

Prosecutors said Ramey and another former Marine, Xavier Adams, beat and killed Williams in August 2009.

Williams owned an auto shop in Oceanside.

The two defendants were both active duty Marines at the time of the murder, but neither had ever been deployed overseas.

Ramey faces life in prison without parole when sentenced by Vista Judge Joan Weber on March 14.

Co-defendant Adams, also charged with murder, is set to stand trial in March.

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