Jurors to Get Pastor's Son's Slaying Case

The evidentiary part of the trial for Matthew Basler, Marvin Black and James Fung is over; the jury will hear instructions and closing arguments next.

Testimony has been completed in the trial of three men accused of slaying a Wildomar pastor's son and the case will go to the jury soon.

Marvin Justin Black, 29, James Wing Fung, 33, and Matthew Basler, 34, are on trial for murder in Ryan Armstrong’s death and attempted murder in the stabbing of Joel Ross.

They also face assault charges and all face sentence-enhancing prison prior and strike allegations.

The men -- they are from San Diego -- all face 60 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Fung is additionally charged with trying to intimidate a witness.

The defense put Fung on the stand on Monday and Tuesday, which was the last day of testimony; closing arguments should begin Thursday.

The prosecutor is the only one allowed both a closing and a rebuttal argument after the defense has argued its case. Trial started last month.

The stabbings occurred outside ET Sports Lounge in Temecula about 10:45 p.m. Dec. 26, 2008. Armstrong died at a hospital; Ross recovered from his wounds.

According to prosecution testimony, Armstrong was the peacemaker when an argument broke out earlier in the evening.

Witness testimony indicated that after things had seemingly settled down following an argument over a beer cup placed on a pool table, Armstrong was dragged to the back door by one or more of the defendants.

The defendants were thrown out but later drove around to the alley

The prosecution contends that the defendants jumped out of a truck and viciously attacked Armstrong and his friend.

The defense maintains that the defendants were swarmed by a large group and merely fought to free themselves of the melee.

To read more about the case, please click here.

Penny Hunter October 26, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I pray for every single soul involved in this most tragic and unnecessary murder. My heart hurts for both sides of the defense and prosecution involved. All i can say is that I am the girlfriend of one of the defendants father and i have 4 kids, all who have been to prison. And 2 of my 4 kids are still in prison, not for murder but because they became thieves with drug problems that led them to commit criminal behavior. It makes my heart hurt for the parents and family of the defendants because i know the pain that comes from having a loved one in jail because they made bad choices. I pray that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
AWags October 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Penny...I understand that it hurts for the families of the men that are in jail, but at least you can visit them. Think how it feels for the parents who never get to see there son again because someone else made a bad decision. Ryan didnt choose this fate. These three "defendants" made there choice. One to get in this fight and keep it going over nothing. Two to bring knifes and use them against people who had nothing. These three men have done stuff before this and while in prison. They deserve to be in jail where they cannot harm anyone else. They deserve death but at least while in jail they can live with what they have done. These "defendants" have ripped an amazing person from this world. I feel for there parents as it has to be hard. But again Ryan's parents, family, and friends will never get to see him again till the day we all meet in heaven again. Its been almost 4 years and my heart breaks everyday since Ryan has left this world. He never chose this fate. These "defendants" chose it, and yet Ryan, his family, and friends have to suffer. I pray for everyone involved in this situation. This should have never happened. But these men must pay for the decisions they made. They need to face what they have done.
SA October 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Awags …. Thank you… I personally know the victim’s family and have witnessed their pain… There are not two sides just one and that side is no longer with us…I am not a religious person so I honestly feel ok by saying that I hope those punks get shanked in prison.
AWags October 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
SA...I did not know Ryan's family. But I considered Ryan a brother. He was a close friend and such an amazing man. the world is such a darker place without him in it. I pray they get what they deserve. I also pray for all of Ryan's family and friends, this is hard, very hard. Im in pain from loosing him but could not imagine the pain of his family.
Penny Hunter November 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
AWags.. I agree with you totally. I have thought long and hard about the death sentence and life in prison. My conclusion to what should be done to convicted criminals is the death sentence. Why waste the tax payers money keeping criminals alive? And take the chance of one being so called "rehabilitated". (Child molesters) so they get another chance at hurting more innocent people? No they should be put to sleep. It hurts me to think about this but my conclusion is death. Even if it were my own children. May God Bless all that have pain in their hearts because of this tragedy.


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