VISTA — A former Camp Pendleton Marine was convicted of first-degree murder on Feb. 10 for beating and stabbing to death an Oceanside auto shop business owner because the 23-year-old man hadn’t completed restoration work on the defendant’s car in a timely manner.
The jury found former Lance Cpl. Raphael Ramey, 21, also guilty of the special circumstance of the murder being intentional and involving the infliction of torture.
The victim, Charles Evan Williams, was stabbed more than 50 times.
Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani had previously said that the photos of the victim were horrific.
Ramey’s sentence is set for March 14 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Joan P. Weber, and he faces life in prison without parole.
Weber’s court clerk said the jury found “not true” the special circumstance of carjacking, and was hung on the crime of robbery and the other special circumstance of lying in wait.
According to earlier reports from Oceanside police, Ramey was mad at Williams because he paid Williams $12,500 to perform work on his classic car and it was not ready after being restored.
It was taking two months longer than expected.
According to court testimony, Ramey talked to co-defendant Xavier Adams about “jacking” Williams, and purchased two knives at a Walmart.
Adams was 19 at the time of the August 2009 murder and faces his own trial next month.