Edly Atherly (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 31-year-old San Bernardino man was convicted today for the 2013 fatal beating and stabbing death of his estranged wife.
After deliberating for three days, a jury found Edly Atherley guilty of second degree murder and found true the allegation that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon in the slaying of 28-year-old Ashley Atherley.
Ashley Atherley’s body was found in the defendant’s apartment on Dec. 1, 2013, but he had fled the scene before police arrived.
In Dec. 2013, San Bernardino Police held a news conference on the steps of police headquarters to seek public help in finding Atherley. District Attorney Mike Ramos attended the conference and announced that Atherley had been charged with murder.
On Jan. 18, 2014, investigators received a tip as to Atherley’s whereabouts. Shortly thereafter, Atherley surrendered to federal authorities in Florida and was later extradited to California to face murder charges.
“I still remember standing on the steps of the San Bernardino Police Department beside Ashley’s parents and vowing to seek justice for Ashley, her parents, and her two little girls who are now left without a mother,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “While today’s verdict cannot change the past or lessen the pain Ashley’s family must feel, justice has been served.”
Atherley, who faces 16 years to life in state prison, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 23, 2015. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Melissa Monrreal. Click here to download a copy of the complaint.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
The defendant, Edly Atherley, and the victim, Ashley Atherley, were married for approximately five years and had two young daughters.
In June 2013, an incident occurred between the couple. As a result of that incident, the defendant’s father flew the victim and their two young children back to Florida. The defendant’s father told the victim that if she did not leave his son, his son would eventually kill her. The victim and their two children flew back to Florida but returned to California approximately four days later.
On Oct. 6, 2013, another incident of domestic violence occurred wherein the defendant strangled the victim. As a result of this incident, the victim moved out of their apartment and moved in with the defendant’s aunt. Her location was kept a secret from the defendant. On Oct. 31, 2013, the victim rented an apartment in Los Angeles, near her place of employment. The victim continued to keep her location a secret from the defendant.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, the defendant borrowed a white GMC Envoy from his cousin which he used to pick up the victim and the children in Los Angeles. The couple spent the Thanksgiving holiday at the defendant’s residence in San Bernardino. On Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, the defendant dropped the victim off at work.She appeared disheveled, wearing the same clothing from the day before. Ashley told her co-workers that she and the defendant had an argument because she wanted to come home on Thursday night but the defendant didn’t take her back to Los Angeles until Friday morning. She said it was a long, awkward ride.
After the defendant dropped the victim off at work, he dropped the children off at a family member’s residence in Valencia. The defendant was supposed to return the white GMC Envoy to his cousin on Friday morning but he never did. He drove back to the city of Los Angeles and eventually picked up Ashley from work around lunch time. She never returned to work after her lunch break that day. Ashley never showed up to her second job that night.
On Saturday night, Nov. 30, 2013, the defendant is seen wandering the apartment complex wearing blue pajama pants and a bloody white shirt. He had suffered an injury to his hand and forearm. He talked to several neighbors that night and told them that he cut his hand on a fence in the apartment complex.
On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, the victim’s deceased body was located in the defendant’s apartment in San Bernardino. She suffered from five blunt force trauma wounds to her face, including a fractured nose, a puncture wound to her back and a large stab wound to her neck. The murder weapon, a large kitchen knife, was located inside the defendant’s apartment and was similar to a knife set located in the victim’s apartment.
The defendant’s fingerprint was located on the knife blade. The white GMC Envoy that the defendant had borrowed from his cousin was parked at the apartment complex. The victim’s blood was located on the center console, the glove compartment, and the passenger door handle. Edly Atherley was seen leaving the apartment shortly before officers arrived. He fled the scene and remained at large for over two months, eventually turning himself in in the State of Florida.