H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Dec 13, 2013 7:28 PM by KSBY Staff

Bail revoked for former Capps aide charged with murder

Bail has been revoked for the former aide to Representative Lois Capps charged with murder after a deadly hit-and-run crash last week.

The judge made the ruling against Raymond Morua on Friday.

Police say Morua struck Mallory Dies, 27, as she was crossing a street in downtown Santa Barbara on December 6.

Morua is also charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

If he is convicted of murder, he faces 15 years to life in jail.

Morua worked in Representative Capps' district office in Santa Barbara, but is no longer employed there.

A spokesperson for Rep. Capps on Friday said the congresswoman has decided to implement stronger hiring requirements following Morua's arrest.

Last week, Capps' spokesman Chris Meagher told KSBY the congresswoman's office did not run criminal background checks on prospective employees. Morua has two prior convictions for driving under the influence.

Meagher says Capps will now work with U.S. Capitol Police to conduct criminal background checks on every current and future employee in her offices.

Morua is due back in court next week.

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