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SoCal Man Gets Death for Girlfriend Slay

A jury has recommended death for a Long Beach man who murdered a girlfriend because she refused to help him dispose of another girlfriend's body.

The Long Beach panel took just 30 minutes Thursday to sentence 28-year-old Santiago Martinez Jr. for the 2003 killing of Myra Orozco. An earlier jury had deadlocked over the penalty.

Orozco, a 24-year-old Long Beach resident, was stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times, pushed from a car and run over.

Prosecutors say she was killed because she refused to help Martinez dump the body of a woman he'd killed two weeks earlier.

Martinez already is serving 52 years to life for the murder of Christina Wilkerson, who was stabbed 20 times and shot.