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Dec 14, 2013 11:29 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Capps speaks about former aide, Raymond Morua

Representative Lois Capps spoke on Saturday about her former aide, Raymond Morua, who is charged with murder after a deadly hit-and-run crash.

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

"There are really no words to describe the utter sadness I feel and all of us about the death of Mallory Rae Dies," Capps said. "Unspeakable tragedy. Senseless tragedy."

Capps says she was not aware of Morua's two prior convictions for driving under the influence from 2006 and 2007 in Ventura County.

Morua was a student at UC Santa Barbara and a returning veteran on the GI Bill when Capps first met him.

"He was a student intern in our office," Capps said. "Very outstanding work that he did. And he was an outstanding member of our staff."

She says she has been following traditional House of Representatives procedures for hiring staff, but now she is making changes.

All of her current employees will now have to go through criminal background checks by United States Capitol Police. All future employees will have to go through the checks as well.

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

A statement released from Chris Meagher, Press Secretary for Capps, says: "The Congresswoman expects all those who work for her and on behalf of the people of the Central Coast to behave responsibly and professionally at all times, without exception. These new procedures will help ensure that this is the case."

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