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Defendant Pleads Not Guilty to Raping, Killing Murrieta Mom

Marquise Denzell McGlown, 22, of Hemet, could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty if convicted in the Oct. 31 slaying of Shanae Christiana Wesley.

An ex-con accused of raping and killing a 23-year-old Murrieta woman and setting fire to the apartment where her 3-year-old son was sleeping pleaded not guilty today to first-degree murder and other felony charges.

Marquise Denzell McGlown, 22, of Hemet, could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty if convicted in the Oct. 31 slaying of Shanae Christiana Wesley. Along with the murder count, McGlown is charged with attempted murder, rape and special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and killing during the commission of a felony.

He appeared with his public defender before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton, who set a Jan. 25 felony settlement conference.

McGlown remains in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to prosecutors, Wesley encountered the defendant and his friend, with whom she was acquainted, at a Temecula bar—the Bull Pen on Margarita Road—on the night of Oct. 30 and invited them back to her residence at the Waterstone Apartments, 24850 Hancock Ave.

After a while, McGlown and his friend left, going their separate ways, according to the District Attorney's Office, which alleges the defendant snatched the victim's keys before departing.

"He made his way back into the apartment after his friend was gone and is alleged to have then raped and murdered Wesley," said D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall. "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."

A neighbor spotted smoke billowing out of the apartment in the predawn hours and rushed in, rescuing the victim's son, who suffered minor injuries. Firefighters arrived moments later, extinguished the blaze and found Wesley's remains.

The boy was briefly hospitalized, then released in good condition to the care of his extended family.

Wesley's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was found by investigators two days later in a Hemet parking lot, within walking distance of McGlown's home, authorities said.

The defendant was initially arrested and jailed for parole violations. Murrieta police completed an investigation and submitted their findings to the D.A.'s office a couple of weeks later, resulting in the capital charges.

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will decide at a later time whether to pursue a death sentence if McGlown is convicted.

The defendant has a prior felony conviction for a 2008 burglary. He served less than two years in prison.

T 22 December 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Cathleen, I'm so sorry about your loss. I think about her family all the time. My 20 year sold son was also murdered, in February this year. The Death Penalty is the only way for your family to be assured that he will never get out of prison. Even Life without Parole isn't what it seems. Even if they never execute these people, at least with the death penalty, they will stay there until death, no matter what. Good luck to you guys
B-Realistic December 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I completely understand where you are coming from and I dont feel this young girl deserved to die the way she did...And I understand why your anger is focused on this man... Because the media makes him out to be this careless monster. But I know this man personally and better then most. He is not a murderer and I hope that the system does your family some real justice and find the person who really did this devious thing. I know I would not be sattisfied with just anyone doing time for killing a beloved family member of mine. I would want the man I knew for sure to suffer. I hate that so many of you are so quick to judge when you dont even have any facts infront of you... Like a bunch of lil girls reacting off of gossip. I am sorry about your loss but the person they are blambing has a family who he loves and that loves him. Yes he made a dumb decision when he was 18 but REALLY! How many of us were perfect teenagers. He is not an evil person, he is actually kind, loveing and caring... and adores children. Get to know someone before you judge them (anyone). Only GOD knows who truely commited this crime and the asshole who did it...
B-Realistic December 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Continued.... Maybe the police do to and just dont have what they need to pin it on the psycho or the investigators need to do some more investigating and maybe if they took the time to actually do their jobs right and not just enough to get paid maybe we will all know the truth because there are too many things that do not add up. Im sorry about your loss and I hope real justice is served but I am sorry about his and his families loss as well. smh with saddness
GINA February 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM
B-Realistic - how do you know for sure without a doubt that he did not commit this rape and murder? Sometimes we may think we know someone but that doesn't mean that they are NOT capable of doing something terrible. Do you have any proof that he did not commit this crime?
GINA February 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Does anyone have any further information on this case? Was McGlown prosecuted?

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