Whittier Man Faces Life in Prison for Killing Wife in Department Store
WHITTIER – A man faces a maximum sentence of 42 years, eight months to life in state prison for killing his wife inside a department store, says the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Enrique Acosta (41) of Whittier has been charged with the fatal shooting death, which happened in front of their 8-year- old son.
Acosta allegedly argued with Yvonne Acosta (46), inside Kohl’s Department Store. Next, he allegedly shot and killed her, then fled in his car, colliding with the victim’s nearby parked car.
“Enrique Acosta (dob 2/27/79) of Whittier was charged with one count each of murder; child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death; violation of court order, domestic violence prior conviction; possession of a firearm by a felon; and hit and run resulting in property damage,” said Pamela J. Johnson. “He faces a special allegation of personal use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.”
Acosta is scheduled to be arraigned 12/31/2020 in Department 6 of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Bellflower Branch. Deputy District Attorney Safaan Ahmed is the prosecutor in case VA154932.
Whittier Police Department is conducting the ongoing investigation.