“They bought (the Simi home) at the height of the housing market bubble, and the reason it was foreclosed on was because they had one of those interest-only loans. Once they had to start making regular payments, they couldn’t afford it.”
Woman pleads not guilty in shooting
A Simi Valley woman accused of murdering her boyfriend has pleaded not guilty in Ventura County Superior Court.
Mary Karacas, 75, is facing one felony murder charge and a special allegation that she personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, killing 84-year-old Salvatore Orefice of Simi Valley, county court records show…
The couple’s argument centered on the house’s being in foreclosure, Barrick said.
“They were close to being forced out and, according to witnesses, (Karacas) hadn’t told (Orefice),” the senior deputy D.A. told the Simi Valley Acorn. “She was nervous about telling him, but according to her, she told him about the foreclosure either Friday evening or Saturday morning — she was unclear about when — and then a verbal argument ensued.”
Karacas then allegedly shot Orefice twice in the back of the head with a .38-caliber revolver, Barrick said.
“I can’t go into much more detail at this time because the investigation is ongoing, but I can say that the motive is unclear at this time,” he said. “(Karacas) never really gave a reason for shooting him and she said he did not have any weapons.”
Karacas and Orefice had been dating since 1969 but never married and did not start living together until 1995, the senior deputy D.A. said. The couple moved from Reseda into the home on Anastasia Avenue in 2007.
“They bought (the Simi home) at the height of the housing market bubble, and the reason it was foreclosed on was because they had one of those interest-only loans. Once they had to start making regular payments, they couldn’t afford it,” Barrick said.
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