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Update: Man found guilty of murdering roommate 

Update posted Feb. 1, 2018

–After a three-week trial, forty-three year old Manuel Jesus Perez was found guilty of first degree murder and Arson by a San Luis Obispo County jury. Perez was charged with murder following the July 11, 2016, death of Joseph Charles Kienly IV of Grover Beach, California.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the court will conduct a hearing to determine the validity of two alleged prior convictions for first degree residential burglary committed in 1995 in Ventura County. A sentencing date will be set after the hearing on the alleged prior convictions.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Frye and investigated by the Grover Beach Police Department.


Original story posted July 18, 2016

Man allegedly burned down apartment in Grover Beach, killing roommate

Manuel Jesus Perez.

Manuel Jesus Perez.

–Manuel Jesus Perez, 41, of Grover Beach has been charged with the first degree murder of Joseph Charles Kienly IV, 37, of Grover Beach. Kienly was Perez’s roommate at the time.

Perez has also been charged with arson of an inhabited dwelling, burning down his and Kienly’s residence at the 100 block of North 13th Street in Grover Beach, on July 11, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney.

Perez has previous convictions, that of first degree burglary in 1995 from Ventura County, as well as a strike prior based on that same burglary conviction.






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