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Prosecutor: Murder Victim Bound, Trapped, Forced to Pray

Mickey David Beauchamp Wagstaff, 27, is charged with first-degree murder with a sentence enhancement for sexual assault in the February 2009 killing of Elizabeth "Bipsy" Kellenbarger Amirian.

A Pala man raped his fiancée, tied her up and held her in a van for days before stabbing her to death, a prosecutor said today.

Opening statements in the trial of Mickey David Beauchamp Wagstaff started this morning at the in French Valley. Wagstaff is charged with the February 2009 sexual assault and murder of Elizabeth Kellenbarger Amirian.

to read more about the victim and the circumstances surrounding her murder.

Wagstaff, 27, punched Amirian in the face, ripped off her shirt and raped her in the back of a van on Feb. 10, 2009 after the couple fought about their pending wedding, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Garcia told jurors.

Wagstaff kept Amirian bound and trapped in a van for two days while she read and prayed to him, Garcia said.

On Feb. 12, a Temecula police officer attempted to search the van while it was parked on the third floor of a Promenade Mall parking structure. Wagstaff panicked when he saw the officer and stabbed Amirian 39 times with a hunting knife, Garcia said.

Prosecutors have charged Wagstaff with first-degree murder with a sentence enhancement for sexual assault. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

He appeared in court today with a fresh haircut and shave. Until this month, he wore his hair long with a short-cropped beard. To see pictures of him before the change, click on the photo gallery above.

Wagstaff came from a family of devout Seventh Day Adventists, and was disowned by his parents after announcing his intent to marry Amirian, a Christian. He lived in Amrian’s van for months so the couple could save money for the wedding and their future, the prosecutor told a jury.

A picture of Amirian’s tattooed back, covered in pink stab wounds, was projected on the wall during the statement. Wagstaff stared emotionlessly at the judge during the statement.

To see a picture of Amirian's tattooed back before she was killed, click on the photo gallery above.

“This case is not difficult, but it’s very sad,” Garcia said. “He didn’t want to let her live without him.”

lauren moran October 28, 2012 at 08:42 AM
I am watching her story on tv tonight and it has captivated me. I wish i could have known bipsy. She is such a bright light that was dimmed untimely by a sick monster.
Sean m November 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I was in jail with mr wagstaff cant beleve hes a murderer was the nicest person in there
Maureen Summers November 29, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Just because someone is nice doesnt mean that they arent capable of the monstrocity this sick puppy exhibited! Remeber the cautionary tale of the wolves in sheeps clothing.
Melissa P December 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM
This is a place of kind words for Bipsy and His sad, disgusting name is beyond undeserving to even be mentioned. It is sad that a woman like her could conquer so many obstacles in her life just to be taken away so easily by a worthless savage. She is in peace and no religion is going to ease his Hell.
Maureen Summers December 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Woah Melissa ! Powerful words but remeber God does forgive and none of us deserve his mercy. Christ was never deserving of the way he suffered and died taking up,the guilt of each and everyone in the world.

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