NORWALK (CNS) – A Whittier man pleaded not guilty today to charges he murdered his live-in girlfriend, whose body was discovered on the back seat of his car about a week later.
Luis Rey Jimenez-Jimenez, 44, is charged with killing Nadia Solis, 41.
Prosecutors allege that the woman was killed on or about Dec. 30, and that Jimenez-Jimenez used a wrench as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies doing a welfare check found the woman wrapped in plastic and stored on the back seat of Jimenez-Jimenez’s vehicle in the driveway of his residence in the 8700 block of Orange Street shortly after 9 p.m. Jan. 5, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The woman had suffered blunt-force trauma to her head, according to Deputy Dangelo Robinson.
Jimenez-Jimenez was arrested early Jan. 6 by sheriff’s deputies, and has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.
He is due back in a Norwalk courtroom Feb. 25, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, Jimenez-Jimenez could face up to 26 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.