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Victim in Murrieta Apartment Fire was Allegedly Raped, Killed

Charges of murder and arson, including a special allegation of rape have been filed against 22-year-old Marquise McGlown in the Oct. 31 death of 23-year-old Shanae Wesley of Murrieta.

A Murrieta woman whose body was found in an Oct. 31 apartment fire allegedly was raped and murdered prior to the fire being set, the Riverside County District Attorney's office said Monday.

Charges in the death of 23-year-old Shanae Christiana Wesley were filed Monday against Marquise Denzell McGlown, 22, of Hemet, the D.A.'s office announced in a news release.

McGlown, who investigators believe met Wesley the night of Oct. 30 at a Temecula bar, has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, arson of an inhabited structure and vehicle theft, according to the news release.

"Also attached to the murder charge are special allegations of lying in wait, murder during the commission of a rape, and murder during the commission of a burglary," wrote John Hall, spokesperson for the D.A.'s office. "Those special allegations make McGlown eligible for the death penalty. A decision whether to seek the death penalty against this defendant will be made at a later date by District Attorney Paul Zellerbach."

McGlown is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southwest Justice Center near Murrieta.

Wesley's body was found at about 6:45 a.m. in unit V-103 of 24850 Hancock Ave. after Murrieta police and fire personnel repsonded to a report of a fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and found a woman's body—later identified as Wesley—badly burned body in the apartment.

During the fire, Wesley’s 3-year-old son was rescued, then treated at a local hospital and released in good condition.

An investigation by Murrieta police detectives led to the identification of McGlown as a suspect in the crime. He was arrested on Nov. 2 in Hemet on a parole violation.

"Detectives submitted their criminal case to the DA’s Office which filed charges after reviewing the evidence in the case," Hall said.

Based on the evidence presented by police, Hall said it is believed that on the evening of Oct. 30, McGlown was with a friend at Bull Pen Burgers and Links, 27483 Ynez Road in Temecula. Wesley was at Bull Pen with a friend and encountered McGlown’s friend, with whom she was already acquainted, Hall said.

From there, investigators believe McGlown and his friend ended up at Wesley's apartment.

"McGlown and his friend went to Wesley’s apartment and were both aware that Wesley’s son was in the apartment," Hall said. "McGlown’s friend left and believed McGlown had already left as well. However, McGlown had taken Wesley’s keys and made his way back into the apartment after his friend was gone and is alleged to have then raped and murdered Wesley. McGlown then set a fire in the apartment in an apparent attempt to cover up his crimes and fled the scene by stealing Wesley’s car."

On Nov. 2, Wesley's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was allegedly recovered by police in a parking lot in Hemet, not far from McGlown’s residence, Hall said.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Walsh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting the case, Hall said.

Nicole November 21, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Yea I live there too. I am in building O just a couple of buildings away. This is so damn sad. I feel so bad for her and her little boy. I can't believe that this has happened and so close to home too. She was only a couple years younger than me! She had so much more life to live! I hate it when people die so young. I just want to know why!?
Tobias November 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I agree Jenna. I know people don't want to think about it this way, but it's pretty easy to ready into what probably happened. She went into the bedroom with the friend she was 'already aquainted' with for awhile. When the friend came out of the bedroom some time later, McGlown was already gone and the friend assumed that McGlown had simply wandered off or called a friend for a ride. Based on the fact that McGlown stole her car after he started the fire, one would assume that he rode to the apartment with the friend. The police never towed a vehicle out of the apartments following the incident, so I doubt he left a car behind and took the victim's car.
you all are idiots November 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM
To all the idiots talking about the cities of Murrieta and Temecula you guys are way off subject we are talking about somebodies life not your priced homes,your fancy cars and golf courses. This was someone's life it's doesn't matter where you live there is always going to be crime weather it's in Murrieta,Temecula, Chicago,New York or San Bernardino you all need to ask the question what will you do if you hear a "death scream" or see someone being abused look the other way are call for help to keep your precious City safe or to keep a life in this case .... If you ask me the person who heard a death scream and didn't call for help failed his community since you all care so much ...may you all let this Soul rest in peace and stop talking about senseless stuff....
Jenna November 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I DON'T live in a pricey home, however, prior to moving here from OC, I took the time to look for a place that was RELATIVELY safe (as compared to other cities) where i could raise my kids and not have violent crime be a part of everyday living. It goes without saying that crime increases with increased population and the crappy economy doesn't help either. Nothing wrong with not wanting your community to go to the dogs such as Hemet and San B....Not saying everyone in those communities is a criminal just that there seems to be a very high crime rate there as well as many others. No one can deny that, no need to get defensive. This is not "senseless stuff". People are horrified about what happened to this young woman and her child. Of course people are going to talk about it but in NO WAY does it disrespect the victim that people talk about it. She lived in this community. This could have been anyones daughter. This was a hard working young woman by all accounts - OUR NEIGHBOR- Of course people are upset. Of course people are going to talk about it. This isn't a city where someone gets shot on the street everyday therefore everyone just takes it in stride.
you all are idiots November 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
My point is all the other stuff besides her deaf is a relevant I actually was a very close friend to the victim so I find it ridiculous to be talking about anything else under this page besides paying your respect to her if you all want to talk about your precious community you guys can do it else where besides under this article. Because as a close friend I find it highly offense to see half the stuff you guys are talking about so I can only imagine how the family feels when they see all this crap.... This was a tragedy and very random act of violence that we're all hoping for justice for,so that this doesn't happening to anyone or anywhere else not just Murrieta.

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