Trial Begins for Felon Accused of Murdering Girlfriend in San Jacinto

The trial of Angel Martine McIntire, a convicted felon charged with the disappearance and death of his 27-year-old girlfriend, Diana Perez Gonzalez, and her unborn child, is set to commence in San Jacinto. McIntire, 29, of Beaumont, faces two counts of first-degree murder, along with special circumstance allegations, following a nearly two-year investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

McIntire’s tumultuous relationship with Gonzalez began in August 2018, resulting in them moving in together. Despite the abuse, Gonzalez continued to communicate with McIntire, eventually allowing him back into her home in the fall of 2020, where the tragic events unfolded.

The prosecution alleges that on December 4, 2020, McIntire fatally attacked Gonzalez, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time, inflicting deadly wounds. Detectives tracked McIntire’s movements that day, spanning several locations, including Cherry Valley, Beaumont, Palm Desert, and back to their residence, where he dropped off their daughter at his mother’s home.

Despite claiming ignorance of Gonzalez’s whereabouts, McIntire’s statements to detectives and inconsistencies in his actions raised suspicion. Detectives gathered circumstantial evidence leading to his arrest in October 2022. McIntire’s response to the charges further raised concerns when he reportedly joked about the absence of Gonzalez’s body.

The search for Gonzalez’s body continues as the trial unfolds. McIntire, with prior convictions for domestic violence and illegal possession of a loaded firearm, remains incarcerated without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

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The trial, marked by jury selection and pretrial motions, is expected to conclude by week’s end, shedding light on the tragic circumstances surrounding Gonzalez’s disappearance and death. As the proceedings progress, the community awaits justice for Gonzalez and her unborn child, underscoring the gravity of domestic violence and the pursuit of accountability for perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

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