MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) -- The stepson of a former Lake Elsinore city councilman has been charged with killing him.
A murder charge was filed Wednesday against 40-year-old Simon Cortez. It carries a special allegation of lying in wait, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Cortez currently is serving a state prison sentence for drug possession.
His stepfather, 76-year-old George Alongi, was found dead in his home in February of last year after his wife called 911. Alongi was beaten, stabbed and slashed more than a dozen times.
Riverside County prosecutors say Alongi had been convicted several times of domestic violence against Cortez's mother, and he had a history of arguments with his stepson.
Alongi was a councilman from 1992 until 1999, when he was removed from office for misconduct.
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