Faiz Magdi Girgis and Anthony Edward Bridget will faces homicide charges in West Justice Center in Westminster at 8:30 a.m.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, the death of Ariet Girgis, 55, wife of Faiz Girgis on Sept. 24, 2004, followed allegations of domestic abuse.
The wife had obtained a restraining order against her husband and had an abuse case pending against him. Authorities believe that Faiz, then a respiratory therapist, planned to kill her because he wanted to avoid the cost of divorce, and that a felony spousal abuse conviction would result in the loss of his medical license.
Westminster police say that two men entered the Girgis home on Plum Street in Westminster in the early morning hours. The 17-year-old son, Ryan, was bound and gagged and forced into a closet. The wife, Ariet, was then murdered with a sharp object.
Ryan told police that when he heard a car drive away he broke free of his ties and called 911, and arriving officers found the body.
A preliminary hearing in the case was conducted Monday, also in West Justice Center.