Ex-Marine gets life for murder of auto shop owner

VISTA — The former Camp Pendleton Marine who stabbed to death a 23-year-old auto shop owner at the victim’s shop in Oceanside received a sentence March 14 of life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Raphael Ramey, 21, was convicted in February of first-degree murder and torture for the stabbing death of Charles Evan Williams, who was stabbed more than 50 times in a dispute about a classic car.
Williams owned an automotive restoration shop, and Ramey was angry about the time period it was taking for his car to be restored, according to court statements.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber added an extra year to Ramey’s sentence for the use of a deadly weapon.
On the day of the August 2009 killing, Ramey and co-defendant Xavier Akeem Adams, 20, also a former Marine, went to Wal-Mart and purchased two knives before they went to Williams’ shop for the car.
Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani said Ramey bought the knives to kill Williams and brought Adams along for added muscle.
The felony jury trial for Adams is now in progress in a Vista courtroom, and he is also charged with murder and special circumstance allegations.


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