According to reports, a California man is currently on trial for the 2011 murder of his wife. The jury heard how he allegedly propped up his dead wife on the couch as their children opened Christmas presents. When the children asked about their mother’s lethargy, Wallace reportedly told them she was drunk.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told reporters that Wallace and his wife, 26-year-old Za’Zell Preston, were heard arguing on Christmas Eve after a holiday party in the neighborhood. The argument turned physical according to Brown who said Wallace admitted to his in-laws that “we were drinking and during the argument, I tossed her around a bit.”
The following morning, Brown said Wallace allegedly dragged the body from the bedroom to the living room and propped it up on the couch. He then placed sunglasses on the corpse and told the children (their newborn son, and Preston’s daughters, then aged eight and three) to open their presents. He also allegedly said, “Mommy ruined Christmas, she got drunk and ruined Christmas.”
When paramedics and law enforcement arrived at the home, they found bloodstains all over the apartment, holes punched in the wall, and a door ripped off the hinges. However, Wallace’s attorney says Preston died as a result of a drunken fall.
Wallace, who has been in jail in lieu of a $1million bail since his December 25, 2011 arrest, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.