High court rejects appeal from SF Pinoy convicted of murdering girlfriend

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Staff

March 21, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – An appeal by the San Francisco man convicted of murdering his former girlfriend Filipina Claire Joyce Tempongko fourteen years ago was denied.

The California Supreme Court rejected an appeal Wednesday by Tari Beltran after San Francisco police mishandled her domestic abuse complaint.

Beltran was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing the 28-year-old Tempongko in front of her two children in her Richmond district apartment in October 2000.

He testified that he had been thrown into a rage after she told him in insulting language that she had been pregnant by him and had gotten an abortion.

The court upheld his murder conviction.

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  • ID
    23 March 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    How can you let a animal, out of it’s cage ? In America you kill someone you are lock-up or put to die ? He was lucky to be lock-up ! How can you kill a mom in front of her kids, what a animal ! You should have been given die !