OCEANSIDE — After grabbing a woman from behind, stabbing her in the stomach and slashing her neck and face, a 37-year-old convicted felon then threw his knife into the air and laid face down on the ground, an Oceanside detective testified April 21.
Under cross-examination, detective Bill Weese acknowledged it was noted in his police report that as Eric Russell Andreasen lay on the ground he resembled the shape of a cross and had said “God told me to do it. I am a registered sex offender rapist.”
After hearing several hours of testimony, Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz said he found enough evidence to order Andreasen to stand trial for what investigators believe was a random attack on Katherine Parker, of Lincoln County, in a mall parking lot in the 2400 block of East Vista Way in Oceanside on April 2.
Immediately following the attack, Parker was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she later died, according to authorities. Parker, 56, had been on vacation in San Diego County with her family.
Weese testified Parker had eight stab wounds to her lower torso, stomach and left side. Further, he said she had gashes on her cheek and neck, both were upward swipes, as well as three cuts on each hand. The detective testified he was told by another officer that following the attack Parker was lying on the ground “clutching” her purse.
Andreasen is currently charged with a single count of first-degree murder with a weapon allegation. However, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said his office may add a robbery charge to Andreasen’s criminal complaint after two witnesses testified they also had brief encounters at the same shopping center with the defendant prior to the April 2 murder. The witnesses said Andreasen made menacing threats after they didn’t give him money when he asked.
If the robbery charge is added, the district attorney can then file a special circumstance allegation because the murder took place during the commission of a robbery. Right now Andreasen faces life in prison; however, if a special circumstance allegation is added, he could face up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty, Lai said outside the courtroom.
Despite Andreasen’s comment that he is a registered sex offender, Lai said he didn’t know whether that statement was true. Andreasen wasn’t listed on California’s Megan’s Law Web site.
Andreasen, who authorities believe was residing at his parents’ house in Oceanside at the time of the murder, spent 78 days in Patton State Hospital during a criminal case in 2005. He later pleaded guilty to felony grand theft in a San Diego Superior Court and was sentenced to 16 months in prison. He has a strike for a 1991 robbery conviction out of Los Angeles County as well as burglary and battery charges out of Ontario and Orange County, respectively.
Andreasen remains in custody without bail on a parole hold. He is scheduled to be back in court May 5 for an arraignment hearing.