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UPDATED: Temecula Man Charged With Murder of 20-Year-Old Woman; Allegedly Tortured Her Using Whip, Stick

Edgar Silva had been scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in the death of Shirley Chanel Corrales of Temecula. The court date has been postponed to Sept. 3 at the request of his public defense team.

Edgar Silva is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Edgar Silva is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

This article was first published at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and updated at 6:18 p.m. Aug. 27.

A Temecula man has been charged with murder in the Aug. 16 death of 20-year-old Shirley Chanel Corrales, according to court records.

Edgar Silva, 26, was due to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at Southwest Justice Center near Murrieta, but that court appearance has been rescheduled for Sept. 3, according to John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Silva was arrested the morning of Aug. 17 as a “person of interest” in Corrales’ death after he was allegedly found hiding in the backyard of a home near the Temecula residence where her body was found the previous afternoon.

According to a document filed in court Tuesday by the prosecution, Silva allegedly tortured Corrales using items such as a whip and a stick.

Though Hall could not elaborate on the specifics of Corrales' death because it is still pending coroner's findings, he said, "When she was found she appeared to have been badly beaten."

Tuesday's arraignment was rescheduled at the request of Silva's public defense team, according to Hall, because the death penalty may be sought.

"Because this is a potential capital case, they need to appoint a capital defense attorney," Hall wrote in an emailed response to Patch.

Silva was wanted on a felony warrant for violating his state parole, which has allowed authorities to keep him behind bars since his arrest.

As of Tuesday, he has been charged with murder, along with possible sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a serious felony with a deadly weapon and torture, according to court records.

Temecula police had responded the afternoon of Aug. 16 to the 44000 block of Calle Hilario in the Vail Ranch area of Temecula to investigate a call about “an unresponsive woman.”

The reporting party had attempted CPR, and responding paramedics were also unable to revive her, police said at the time. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators quickly determined Silva lived at the residence.

A source who wished to remain anonymous told Patch that Silva and Corrales were involved in a relationship.

According to court records, Silva was convicted of spousal abuse in November 2008. In the present case, he is also being charged with committing a felony within five years of that prior offense.

A decision about whether to seek the death penalty against Silva will be made at a later time by District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, according to Hall.

"As charged with the special circumstance allegation of murder during the infliction of torture, he would qualify for the death penalty," Hall wrote.

Silva is being held on no bail at Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta.

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.


Brenda August 27, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Great job Temecula PD/Sheriff/Detectives on this case. Edgar, guilty. Guess the speculations were right. We will see when his trial is over, until we wait. Regardless of how it comes out, that chicken, lilly liver'ed, piece of big bad is accused of torturing this baby girl, leaving her there to die, alone, who didnt stand a chance, and even if it is found he didnt do it, he hid for how many hours without calling for help for her.? Claudia was your speculation correct? Claudia Chavez August 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM Chanel is my friends Shirley's daughter. The death is still under investigation even though the case is pretty clear.
personal opinion August 27, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Please have respect for both families involved and keep your comments respectable
Brenda August 28, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Everyones always are PO, I felt you fly to heaven today in Gods Arms Chanel with white doves flying all around you. Your beauty shining through the gray clouds and turning them into white, down onto everyone who had the opportunity to know you at Rancho and before and a bit after. A true beauty trying to find her way. Your journey is over way too soon but with your God holding your hand you can accomplish anything now. You broke through the gray clouds once and for all today and now its just big white ones Chanel.
SA August 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM
@personal opinion … respect for both families … Really? The father of the victim should be able to shoot this murderer in the head … innocent people do not hide nor are they on parole
GG August 28, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Edgar deserves NO RESPECT!! He's a murderer.... The worse of the worse. He will pay for his horrifying act. We pray that full punishment comes upon him.
Brenda August 28, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Thank you SA for agreeing, you should have jumped in and helped me when his and her family members were saying to pray for BOTH FAMILIES, and stop accusing him when he loved her so much he would never hurt her. And I was told I was making speculations, Wow. I work very hard at sticking to the article and comments said before me when I reply. "The first family friend to reply said it was pretty much obvious what happened." Well Doh, yep it was. The problem here SA is the "family" allows, allowed these people to live in their house including Edgar. So technically they should be charged with aiding and abetting a man wanted for parole violations.
SA August 28, 2013 at 03:10 PM
@Brenda … I am all about standing by your family & friends … However if one would do something as gruesome as murder then the blood is on their hands and I will not be standing by …
Brenda August 28, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Me also. However I have had one opportunity in my life to disown and have nothing to do with a cousin I grew up close to. Unfortunately even with a great family and no money worries, no violence in the home, did good in school until about 17, he got into the Devil Disiples biker gang. Some bad bad ones. I drew away from him then as he took on that mannerism of "hardcore bikers", the dress, tatoo's, treating their women like trash (that was horrible in itself to see as he had always been so good looking and a major catch in high school for how good he treated the girls). To see someone take a 360 so fast and get into that whole scene was horrible. He got picked up for kidnapping a few people for ransom(years ago)holding them hostage, beating and raping them and I dont remember much else. Blocked it out cause I loved him so much. Told him I did not want anything to do with him unless he got out of that gang, lifestyle, to stay away from me, my brother my parents, our house. He laughed hysterically and said "Dont you know little cousin, you never get out alive". Before the trial started he jumped bail and ended up dead out at the river, Lake Havasu from a drug deal gone bad. Before he was a Devil's D, I would have defended him, loved him forever. But getting into that crowd was all about beating and killing people, innocents or other biker gang members, drugs using and transporting, beating women, and their own crew of guys. I hate that the last time I saw him was telling him I never wanted anything to do with him, but that is the way it is even if you are family. You do these things to innocents, you are out of my life.
JJ Mclure August 29, 2013 at 09:45 AM
another Mexican off the street
TVOR August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM
I wonder if this POS was out on a AB109 release.
Brenda August 30, 2013 at 04:45 PM
LOL JJ, off the street and hopefully on death row soon. I sure wish they didnt get 30 yrs to sit and think about death row when I rather have them getting beat up, shanked everyday for beating, and torturing a beautiful young woman. Prisoners have ways of finding out what the new guys did to get there and they DO NOT like men who hurt women and children. TVOR!! nope not this one. "Silva was wanted on a felony warrant for violating his state parole, which has allowed authorities to keep him behind bars since his arrest."
CC September 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
@Brenda you talk all this smack like you really even knew? Do you even know the story how are you so sure about what happend that afternoon!! You just need to back off for a moment, who are you to judge ? What if this was your son or daughter? Would you like them to say the same thing about them if they killed sombody? I'm sure it wouldn't be so nice to read all these comments, nobody knows what exactly happend but Edgar so leave your damn comments to yourself justice will come!!
CB September 03, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Lol some people just have too much time and worry about things they only have info on from the media. Apparently we have some racists here too. Another Mexican off the street? Someone lives in the wrong part of the country, Latinos make up CA the most
CC September 03, 2013 at 08:33 PM
@CB I'm totally with you on that!! Some people need to shut the fuck!
Brenda September 03, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Anyone defending Edgar or his actions when he brutally beat this young beautiful girl is just as sick, and worthless in this world as he will be found to be. Yes, we have ILLEGAL Mexicans everywhere. Those who wish to get here iliegally, get illegal identifications, get aid illegally because they do not want to have to WORK at getting the proper papers filed and come into the States legally as law abidding people would do. Where they are Mexican, Iragqqqies, Muslims from any sand Country, or South American if they come here illegally they are not worth a chit to this country or as a human being. Just as WE are not allowed into other countries without the same legal documents but there we are put in prison forever, beat, raped, and eventually killed. Only respectful people from other countries need apply :)
CC September 04, 2013 at 02:32 AM
@brenda you still haven't answer my question! Why because you know it's the truth! Nobody is on Edgar's side, we know what he did was sick in the head! But who are you to judge!? You talk all this nonsense like if you really know? You wouldn't of known if it wouldn't of been for the media, it's just so funny all the crap that's coming out of your ass! You don't even realize what your saying ! You talk like you really knew him! Nobody forced Chanel to be there, she made her choice, of but all people do is look at the bad side why don't you sit down and analyze shit.
CB September 04, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Brenda, no one is defending him. What Im saying though, is how foolish you sound making assumptions when you literally don't know anything about the people. And coming from me, who actually knows the people and some background, yes, it sounds very foolish to read you talking about gangs, and NOW, illegal mexicans just because Edgar is Mexican. He's not illegal, and that is why I said we have some racists here, because that comment had nothing to do with citizenship and everything to do with RACE. Extremely ignorant person.
CB September 04, 2013 at 05:00 PM
And who are you to say an illegal person isnt worth anything as a human being? Man, you must be an awful person. Some of the most egocentric thoughts I have read from a person, especially these modern days.
CC September 04, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Brenda really? What does illegals have to do with this? Edgar was not illegal! Do you even hear yourself and all the foolish shit coming out of your mouth? Wow you need a slap un the face! I am Edgar's close cousin, I do know his background i do know what's coming out oif my mouth in the other hand your a nobody that's just talking and talking like you really even know! That's the funny part, and if your so true friends with Chanel and her family, you would have a little more respect towards them and keeping your comments to yourself!! Edgar needed help and unfortunately he never got and he did what he did, I'm not on Edgar's side but what really irritates the shit out of me is ignorant stupid ass people like you!
Brenda September 04, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Cause I been BUSY!!! I will respond when I get longer then 2 minutes CB and CC. Definately.
Epolicious September 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Well if he does go to death row, he'll have the rest of his life to think about his crime. Ohhh and repent, accept a higher being, and still go to heaven...if you believe in all of that of course. PS: Read through the sarcasm. If he did do something like this, it isn't forgivable. Ive been told most of the family had/has issues. It is what it is. Lastly, JJ McLure is always saying something about Mexicans. Nothing new, he wont change.
Temecula resident September 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM
My sympathies go out to both the family who tragically lost a beautiful, vibrant, young lady AND also to the family who is related to the 'accused murderer'. There are no winners in these tragic situations and to all of you 'com mentors' (you know who you are) this is not the place for bias, racism, & generalized ignorance to be expressed. For once; just stop and quit judging everyone else and everything else... Take a long hard look in the mirror and work on what you see there...

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