Sentencing Postponed for Convicted SDPD Cop Killer

Alex Charfauros, who was already convicted of second-degree murder in connection with San Diego Police Officer Christopher Wilson's death, faces more time for conspiring to prevent a witness from testifying.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Sentencing was postponed Thursday to May 15 for a man who is already serving prison time over the death of San Diego police Officer Christopher Wilson and who is facing more time for conspiring to prevent a witness from testifying in the case.

Alex Charfauros, 29, was already convicted of second-degree murder in connection with Wilson's death and was sentenced to more than 85 years to life in prison.

Regarding the related charge, authorities said Charfauros talked with a former cellmate and the former cellmate's girlfriend about a witness in the case.

He admitted that he read the witness statement of Kristoffer Macalma and learned that Macalma had told police that Charfauros knew his former roommate, Holim Lee, kept firearms at their apartment prior to the shootout that claimed Wilson's life.

Charfauros admitted that he wanted to keep Macalma from coming to court and testifying about what he told police.

The night of Oct. 27, 2010, probation officers and U.S. marshals went to Charfauros' apartment on South Meadowbrook Drive. Probation officers were checking on Charfauros, and the marshals were looking for Lee, who had outstanding warrants for assault and a probation violation.

Officers forced entry into the apartment and Charfauros came crawling out of the east bedroom.

Once outside, officers asked Charfauros if there were any guns, drugs or anyone else inside, but the defendant was uncooperative, Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said.

A number of officers were called to assist, including Wilson. Once inside, an officer kicked in the door of the west bedroom and "all hell broke loose at that point," Runyon said.

Wilson was shot in the head and died a short time later.

Charfauros had not told law enforcement that Lee and his girlfriend, Lucky Xayasene, were living in the apartment and that four guns and a shotgun were inside..

The bodies of Lee -- believed to be the shooter -- and Xayasene were found in the west bedroom with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

—City News Service


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