California woman charged with murder for ramming a man she accuses of trying to run over a cat: authorities


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A 20-year-old Southern California woman was charged with murder this week after she ran over a man she accused of trying to run over a cat, Orange County authorities said Wednesday.

Hannah Star Esser got out of her car in the Cypress neighborhood of Orange County on Sunday night to accuse Luis Anthony Victor of targeting a cat with his car in the Graham Street cul-de-sac. Cypress is west of Anaheim.

After the heated argument, during which Victor also got out of his car, Esser allegedly got back into his, made a three-point turn and accelerated towards him, throwing him onto the hood of his car.

He rolled over several times before landing on the street, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

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Hannah Star Esser, 20, is facing a murder charge.
(Office of the Orange County Attorney)

Esser faces one count of murder. She is being held on $1 million bail.

According to his family, Luis was a father of five daughters and was expecting his first grandchild this fall.

In a statement to FOX 11, Luis’ family said: “We are devastated by the loss of Victor, a beloved father of five daughters, a treasured son, brother, friend and cousin. This act of violence fool has robbed the world of a bright light that will never be forgotten.”

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“This action showed complete disregard for human life,” Orange District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will ensure that this random act of violence targeting a stranger is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Esser faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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She will be arraigned on October 13.

It’s unclear what happened to the cat that sparked the violence.


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