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Date:  Aug. 19, 2014

UPDATED: Aug. 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM


District Attorney Ramos Files Murder Charge in Connection with the Death of Erin Corwin


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – Today District Attorney Michael Ramos announced the filing of murder charges against 24-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee who is charged with killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin.  The District Attorney’s Office also filed the special circumstance allegation of “lying in wait,” increasing the potential penalty to life without parole or death. 

“The decision regarding which penalty will be sought will be made after a full review of the facts and evidence in the case,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said.

Lee was arrested on Sunday by officers in Alaska on suspicion of murder and is currently awaiting extradition to California. He is due in court in Alaska today at 3:30 for his initial hearing. 

If Lee waives extradition, he can be returned to San Bernardino County immediately.  However, if he fights extradition, it may take four to six weeks. 

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the investigation is ongoing. Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty is prosecuting the case.

“Once again, we are faced with a terrible crime that shows absolutely no regard for the value of human life,” Ramos said. “Make no mistake that this office will fight to see that justice is carried out for our victim and her family.”

This is an active investigation. No further details will be released at this time.

Click here to download a copy of the complaint. For current updates and breaking information follow the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office on Twitter: @sbcountyda

Click here to download a copy of the Arrest Warrant Affidavit Attachment.


Contact: Michael Ramos, San Bernardino County District Attorney (909) 382-3665



Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665




San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office
303 West 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415



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