Who was Za’Zell Preston of Anaheim?
Za’Zell Preston was the wife of William Wallace, a Southern California man who reportedly killed his wife Preston, propped up her body on a sofa and told their children she was drunk, and had them open Christmas presents in front of her body, a prosecutor told jurors at his murder trial.
“This Christmas story does not have a happy ending, and unfortunately this is not just a story, it is real life,” Heather Brown, the senior deputy district attorney in Orange County, said Monday as the trial began for William Wallace of Anaheim, the Orange County Register reported.
How old was Za’Zell Preston?
Za’Zell Preston was 26 years old at the time of death.
Za’Zell Preston, William Wallace Murder
Wallace called the police at 9:30 a.m. on Christmas Day asking for medical assistance and responding officers found Za’Zell Preston’s lifeless body.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told jurors Monday that Wallace’s wife tried to run away from him during an argument after they drank at a Christmas Eve party in 2011, but he dragged her back inside their apartment, according to the Orange County Register.
The newspaper reports that Wallace propped her lifeless body up on Christmas morning while the children opened presents and told them, “Mommy ruined Christmas, she got drunk and ruined Christmas.”
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Za’Zell Preston, 26, was taking college classes in hopes of becoming a domestic violence counselor when she was killed in 2011 by a man, the paper said. The couple had gone to a neighbor’s Christmas Eve party and a neighbor described hearing an argument later that night, Brown said.
Wallace told a member of Preston’s family that “we were drinking and during the argument, I tossed her around a bit,” the prosecutor said.
Brown said the next morning, Wallace dragged his wife’s body from the bedroom to the living room couch, placed sunglasses on her, and told the children: “Mommy ruined Christmas, she got drunk and ruined Christmas.”
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Preston was slumped over on the couch when paramedics arrived. She left a newborn son and two daughters, who were then 3 and 8 years old. Wallace’s attorney argued that Preston died from injuries after she drunkenly tripped and fell into a glass table, shattering it.
“Mr. Wallace is being accused of something that is not his fault,” Heather Moorhead told jurors. “You will hear about a relationship that was full of arguing and yelling, but also a lot of love.”
Wallace is currently being held at the maximum-security Theo Lacy Facility on a $1,050,000 bond. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of murder.