MARIA DEL ROSIO ALFARO
33, a mother of four, was sentenced to death in July 1992, the only Orange County woman now on death row. She was convicted for the slaying of 9-year-old Autumn Wallace on June 15, 1990. High on cocaine and heroin, Alfaro entered the youngster's Anaheim home to steal money for drugs.
Final briefing papers for her case were filed with the California Supreme Court in May 2001. Since then, one of her attorneys was relieved and a replacement was appointed in May 2004. The court has yet to schedule oral argument for the appeal. http://www.ocregister.com/local/2005/avila/death_penalty/oc_death_row.shtml
Alfaro death penalty affirmed
August 6th, 2007, 5:17 pm · Post a Comment · posted by Rachanee Srisavasdi
It took 15 years, but the Wallace family today finally received the news they have been waiting for.
The California Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the the death sentence given in 1992 to an Anaheim woman who killed 9-year-old girl Autumn Wallace in 1990 during a burglary.
Appeals for Maria del Rosio “Rosie” Alfaro, now 35, who was first woman in Orange County to get the death penalty, will now enter the federal court system. And that process, too, can take years to come to a conclusion.
Alfaro was a high school friend of Autumn’s older sister who talked the little girl — who was home alone — into opening her door on June 15, 1990. Alfaro later admitted killing the little girl to eliminate a witness. Autumn was stabbed 57 times and her body was found in a pool of blood by her mother Linda when she returned home from work.
To read a front-page story about the case first published in The Orange County Register on July 5, click here.http://crime.freedomblogging.com/2007/08/06/alfaro-death-penalty-affirmed/