Murder charge for Simi Valley Woman
Murder charge for Simi Valley Woman
A 75-year-old Simi Valley woman was arrested and charged with the murder of her longtime 84-year-old companion last month. Mary Karacas allegedly shot Salvatore Orefice to death during an altercation. The pair were moving out of a home that had been sold at the time of the incident.

The buyers stopped by the home to verify that Karacas and Orefice had vacated the home, and discovered Orefice’s body. They called the police to the home. While the police were investigating, Karacas returned to the scene and told police she had shot Orefice. She was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail. She was later charged with murder and a special allegation of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm, causing great bodily injury. Karacas was given a bail of $750,000, but remains in jail. She faces a sentence of 50 years to life if convicted on all charges.

Murder lawyer you can trust


There are no criminal charges more serious than homicide. In California, the circumstances of the crime determine the homicide charge you can face. In addition, the prosecutor can also file special allegations that may increase the penalties if you are convicted. Certain special allegations can also make you eligible for the death penalty – one possible outcome of a conviction for killing someone in California. That’s why you need a murder lawyer with experience.

Homicide cases are special, primarily because the penalties are so severe, and the risk is so great to both the State and the defendant(s). Only the most experienced attorneys take homicide cases. In Ventura County, if you’ve been charged with murder, murder lawyer Robert Helfend can take your case.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense law exclusively for more than 30 years in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has defended thousands of clients, and will bring his significant defense experience to bear on your case.

Homicide defense takes special preparation, and Mr. Helfend has the time and resources to devote to your defense. He will challenge the prosecution’s case at each step, and will seek out weaknesses that he can use to get charges against you reduced or dropped. As his client, you will work closely with Mr. Helfend to establish a solid defense strategy. Your case will get the personal attention it deserves.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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