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Man Accused of Murdering Roommate Who Propositioned Him for Sex

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A Buena Park man accused of murdering a roommate who propositioned him for sex is due in court tomorrow.

Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, 22, had been living with Ricardo Rios, 47, in a converted garage for a month. One night last week Rios tried to come on to Luciozamudio — and it went about as poorly as it could have, according to the Los Angeles Times. Luciozamudio refused and Rios threw a cement brick at his car. That's when Lucio Zamudio allegedly beat Rios to death. He fled and then called 9-1-1 to let paramedics know Rios might not be in great shape.

Orange County prosecutors say that they're not considering the attack self-defense, because Luciozamudio was a good 90 pounds heavier and nearly a foot taller than his roommate.

"There's a great discrepancy in size. Then we've got the results of the autopsy, which shows a broken jaw, nose, three broken ribs, and a fracture of the orbital bone," prosecutor Steve McGreevy told the Times. "There comes a point in time where the right to self defense ends assuming you even have the right to self defense."

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Investigators haven't discussed a motivation for the killing. it's not clear what exactly happened from initial reports or what might have made the two men react so violently.