VISTA (CNS) - A former Camp Pendleton Marine severely beat and stabbed an Oceanside man to death because restoration work on the defendant's classic car wasn't finished on time, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday.
Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani urged jurors to convict 21-year-old Raphael Ramey of first-degree murder and special circumstance allegations in the Aug. 23. 2009, killing of Charles Evan Williams.
Oceanside police said Ramey was angry because a 1970 Impala for which he paid $12,500 was not ready after being restored. Williams was stabbed and slashed more than 50 times, according to court testimony.
"This was for revenge," the prosecutor said in his closing argument.
Ramey allegedly talked about "jacking" Williams before the day of the murder and bought two knives at a Wal-Mart.
According to police, on the day of the killing, Ramey said he went to get the car and stabbed Williams when he said it would not be ready for another two weeks.
In the ensuing struggle, Ramey allegedly stomped on Williams' head.
Bhayani called the crimes against the 23-year-old man "unfathomable."
"We have mountains of evidence in this case," Bhayani told the jury. "Use all of it."
The prosecutor said bought the knives to kill Williams and brought along another former Marine, Xavier Adams, for added muscle.
Two months before the murder, Ramey started having dreams about what he was going to do to Williams, Bhayani said.
"This is all thought out," the prosecutor said, urging the jury to convict Ramey of murder, lying in wait, carjacking, robbery and torture.
Ramey's attorney, William Stone, said the killing was not premeditated and done in the heat of passion.
Co-defendant Adams, 20, also charged with murder, is scheduled to go to trial next month.
If convicted, both men face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jury deliberations in Ramey's trial got under way in Judge Joan Weber's courtroom.
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