Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. 26, is set to start trial today for the murder of his friend and attempted murder of his father in a Cypress hotel. LeClaire Jr. is charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder with sentencing enhancements. If convicted, LeClaire Jr. could spend life in prison.
According to prosecutors, on February 24, 2011, LeClaire Jr. is accused of drinking in the hotel room with this father, Steven LeClaire Sr., Marques Murray 4, and Raymond Eligan, 51. LeClaire Jr. allegedly pulled out a gun and shot each man, killing Murray. After the shooting, LeClaire Jr. who was AWOL from the military walked out of the hotel room and surrendered to a CHP officer.
The trial is currently being held in Orange County Superior Court in department C-30 of the Central Justice Center.