Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- Shalabh Rastogi has been charged with strangling and murdering his wife in their Irvine apartment. according to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA)office.
Rastogi, 39, Irvine, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.
According to the OCDA's office, at the time of the crime, Rastogi is accused of having marital trouble with his 40-year-old wife Jalina George, with whom he had three school-aged children.
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 21, 2012, the defendant is accused of strangling and murdering George in a bedroom of their Irvine apartment. He is accused of leaving the victim's body in the bedroom closet and then calling the police.
The Irvine Police Department, who investigated this case, immediately responded to the scene and arrested the defendant without incident.
The couple's three children were not home at the time and are now in protective custody.