Marine Gets Life for Murder Over Car Dispute

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    North County Times

    A local Marine convicted of first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing death of an Oceanside man over a car dispute has been sentenced to life without parole.

    Raphael Ramey, 21, was sentenced Monday after a jury found him guilty last month of first-degree murder for killing Charles Williams, 23.

    Ramey killed Williams over a dispute that 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.