Ex-Assembly Speaker Nunez’s Son Arrested in Slaying

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 3, 2008

Esteban Armando Nuñez, the 19-year-old son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, was arrested in Sacramento County on Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a 22-year-old college student in San Diego, police said.

San Diego Homicide Capt. Jim Collins said Nuñez was arrested along with three other men, all also 19. All four will be taken back to San Diego, where they will be jailed. Each faces one count of murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Collins said Luis Santos was stabbed to death at a party near San Diego State on Oct. 4, during a brawl with other partygoers.

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Arrested in addition to Esteban Nuñez were Ryan Jett, Rafael Garcia and Leshanor Thomas. The victim was a student at Mesa College. Three other partygoers were wounded in the fight.

Fabian Nuñez served six years in the Assembly, including four as speaker. Term limits forced him to leave office this year.

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