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Magdi Girgis, a former respiratory therapist, is accused of hiring someone to murder his wife, 55 year old Ariet Girgis. Prior to the murder, Magdi was facing felony domestic violence charges resulting from an assault on his wife in their Westminster home.

To avoid a costly divorce and the loss of his medical license, Magdi allegedly plotted to have someone murder Ariet.

On September 24, 2004, two suspects entered the Westminster home. The suspects tied up the couple’s 17 year old son, Ryan, and put him in the closet. The suspects then murdered Ariet.

Magdi faces one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence. He faces sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain and murder to prevent testimony. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

A man named Anthony Edward Bridget is accused of being one of the suspects who murdered Ariet. He is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of false imprisonment by violence. He faces sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain and murder by lying in wait. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

It is not clear whether additional suspects have been apprehended at this time. Persons with information regarding the murder are encouraged to contact WPD at (714) 898-3315, Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8492, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or online at www.occrimestoppers.org.

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