Closing Arguments Resume Monday In Trial For Men Accused Of Murdering Wildomar Pastor's Son

Jurors were directed to return Monday to hear closing arguments from the attorney for James Fung, accused with two others of killing a Wildomar pastor's son.

Closing arguments by the defense are set to continue Monday in the trial of three men accused of murdering a Wildomar pastor's son outside a Temecula bar.

Ryan Armstrong was fatally stabbed Dec. 26, 2008 and three men -- Matthew Basler, James Fung and Marvin Black -- are accused of murder.

They are also accused of attempted murder in the stabbing of Armstrong's friend, Joel Ross.

Armstrong's father, Ron Armstrong, is the pastor of Wildomar's Cornerstone Community Church.

The three also face assault charges and all face sentence-enhancing prison prior and strike allegations.

The men -- they are from San Diego -- could each be sentenced to 60 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Fung is additionally charged with trying to intimidate a witness.

The prosecution gave its closing argument Thursday; defense attorneys for Basler and Black then gave their closing arguments.

A motion for mistrial made by Fung's attorney and joined by attorneys for the other defendants was denied by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez.

Fung's attorney, Karen Lockhart, is set to deliver her argument Monday, to be followed by the prosecution's rebuttal.

Following the rebuttal, jurors will get the case for deliberation.

The stabbings occurred outside ET Sports Lounge in Temecula about 10:45 p.m. on that December night nearly four years ago. Armstrong died at a hospital; Ross recovered from his wounds.

According to prosecution testimony, Armstrong was the peacemaker when an argument broke out earlier in the evening.

Witness testimony indicated that after things had seemingly settled down following an argument over a beer cup placed on a pool table, Armstrong was dragged to the back door by one or more of the defendants.

The defendants were thrown out but later drove around to the alley

The prosecution contends that the defendants jumped out of a truck and viciously attacked Armstrong and his friend.

The defense maintains that the defendants were swarmed by a large group and merely fought to free themselves of the melee.

To read more about the case, click here.

Roberto October 28, 2012 at 03:13 AM
This is Rail Road County, They are on trial, they are guilty to a 98% certainty. This has nothing to do with their guilt or innocence. If they for some remote (very remote) are innocent it's to bad, the D.A, runs the systemhere and justice has no place in Riverside County. The Citizens who left the inner city don't care about innocent people. Just lock and tax US to the tune of 45,000.00 a year and don't let them out. We live amongst the stupidest people in the country who cannot figure this scam by so called law enforcement out.
The Teller of Truth October 28, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I'm pretty sure that if this poor unfortunate fellow was a politicians son, or a carpenters son, or an Heiress' husband or father of the bride, etc.... they would have reported it that way too. I don't think this has anything to do with 'religion' other than the fact that he was a 'Pastors son'. In any case, purely tragic & the news reporters are just telling it like it is.
snoopy October 28, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Martha's demons come out with any mention of God.
snoopy October 28, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Martha you should ask for an exorcism, I will be praying for you.
kms October 28, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Totally agree withTeller of Truth. If it was the Mayor's son, the chief of police's son, someone that is held as a public figure in the community, local churches Pastor's family members are held in places of honor due to their public servanthood. I would want My pastor to have full support from the community lifting them up during this terrible, tragedy. Their son got murdered. God bless them and may justice be done.


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