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Verdict reached in trial of woman found cemented in Victorville trashcan

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A Victorville man with prior ties to a residence where a woman was found encased inside concrete last year, received his verdict today.

Jayson Weiss, 32, was charged with manslaughter Wednesday morning for his role in the murder of Judith Ornales, 47, who was found inside a residential trash bin partially covered in concrete.

The skeletal remains of Judith Ornelas were found cemented inside a green City of Victorville trash bin at a residence in the 15000 block of Sitting Bull Street on July 8, 2018.

“This MONSTER murdered my mother and left her in a trash can, cemented for a year and a half and will only face the max 11 years for voluntary manslaughter,” the victim’s daughter Felicia Ornelas wrote in the VVNG newsgroup.

According to a previous VVNG article, detectives determined the victim had been deceased at the location for over a year and the suspects were friends of the victim at the time of her death, sheriff officials said.

Felicia said she and her family are trying to heal and that justice for her mother will forever go on.

“No time is ever enough, it’ll never bring our beautiful mother back. A woman who cherished her family, her children, grandchildren, a woman who had a much bigger life to live. She will never get to come home,” stated Ornelas.

Weiss was already in custody on unrelated charges when he was arrested and charged in the murder of Ornelas.

According to public records, he was serving a sentence for violating his probation, committing battery on a spouse, False Imprisonment, Intimidating/Dissuading a Victim/Witness, and Vandalism.

On July 13, 2018, police arrested three additional suspects: Lori Rector, 57, Louis Chacon, 43, and Alphonso Lozano, 36, all residents of Victorville.

On July 13, 2018, a 57-year-old woman was arrested for murder on the 15800 block of Sitting Bull Street, along with three other suspects. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News.)
On July 13, 2018, a 57-year-old woman was arrested for murder on the 15800 block of Sitting Bull Street, along with three other suspects. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News.)

Lozano and Chacon have since had charges dropped against them, but Lori Ann Rector was charged in connection with the murder and is awaiting her sentencing on July 12, 2019.

“Let’s not forget about the man, Mark Maxwell, he murdered 3-4 months before my mom’s murder,” stated the daughter, referring to the Weiss’s old roommate.

In September of 2016, Victor Valley News reported on a shooting at a house next door to where Ornales’s body was found.

Through investigation, it was determined that Weiss had shot his roommate Mark Maxwell several times, killing him.

“Detectives learned there was an ongoing disturbance between the roommates, which escalated over a period of several hours,” officials said in a 2016 statement.

In the 2016 killing, Weiss was interviewed and claimed self-defense. With no evidence to prove otherwise, he was released and the DA’s office never filed charged against him. Weiss’ name was not released in 2016 citing concerns for his safety.

The District Attorney’s office declined to comment on Weiss, citing the ongoing case against him. 

Weiss is scheduled for his final sentencing inside a Victorville courtroom on June 12, 2019.

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