SANTA ANA, Calif.— A homeless man has been charged with killing former 1960s soul singer Betty Jane Willis throughout an tried rape.
Twenty-two-year-old Rosendo Xo Pec was charged Wednesday with homicide with particular circumstances and will face the dying penalty.
It is unclear whether or not he has an lawyer.
The 76-year-old Willis recorded the 1960s songs “Sometime You will Want My Love,” ”Act Naturally” and “Take My Coronary heart.”
She was residing on the road when she was attacked shortly after four a.m. on New Yr’s Day.
Prosecutors say she was sleeping in a strip mall car parking zone in Santa Ana when Pec started sexually assaulting her.
When she screamed for assist, prosecutors say Pec repeatedly punched her within the head and choked her to cease her screams.
She died on the scene.
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