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Man Convicted of Murder After Killing Wife, Propping Body on Couch During Christmas

An Anaheim man was convicted of second-degree murder April 7 for killing his wife on Christmas Day in 2011, then propping her body on a couch while her children opened presents. William Wallace, 39, was originally indicted with one felony count of murder in 2012 by a grand jury. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 4, where he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Wallace had previously been jailed for beating his wife, 26-year-old Zazell Preston. The couple had gone to a neighbor’s Christmas Eve party the night before the slaying, and after returning home, began to argue. Wallace then used blunt force trauma to the head of Preston, knocking her unconscious, the OCDA said. Preston’s two children, aged 3 and 8, were in the apartment at the time. The couple’s seven-week-old son was also present. On Christmas day, Wallace dragged his wife’s body from the bedroom to the living room couch, put …

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