Man Who Promised 'bAd Day' Guilty Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who beat and strangled his ex-girlfriend after warning that she was in for a “bad day" was convicted Friday of murder.

An Orange County jury found Jason Becher, 46, of Anaheim guilty of murder with a special circumstance of lying in wait, and he could face life in prison without possibility of parole when he is sentenced in June, the Orange County Register reported.

Becher's defense attorney acknowledged that he killed Marylou Sarkissian, 50, at her Huntington Beach home in 2016 when she opened the door to let out her dog. However, Becher's public defender argued the killing wasn't planned but resulted from rage, and he should be convicted of a lesser charge of second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

Becher had a history of domestic abuse and had repeatedly accused Sarkissian of being unfaithful and stealing his money, prosecutors said.

The defense argued that Sarkissian had laundered and then stolen some money from Becher, who was growing and selling marijuana on a cash basis.

Months before the killing, Becher had violated a restraining order by beating and choking Sarkissian and had left a series of threatening voicemails, prosecutors said.

Hours before she was killed, Sarkissian had installed a security system to protect her from Becher, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the day of the attack, Becher reportedly told an uncle that it was going to be “a bad day for Marylou," prosecutors said.

“It was a bad day for Jason Becher in Santa Ana today,” said Debbie Correia-Zdrazil, Sarkissian’s sister.