Pool Cleaning Costs Lead To Murder In Palm Desert; Thousand Palms Man Heads To Trial

62 year old Benjamin Cabrera Briones of Thousand Palms will face murder charges when his trial begins June 24th 2024.

He is accused of mudering his former customer 93 year old Jean Grace Willrich at her home on Michigan Drive in Palm Desert in late November 2021, when Briones was cleaning swimming pools for a living.

But prosecutors say things turned bad when Willrich fired Briones over a squabble over the cost of the pool cleaning.

Briones is also charged with forging a check, and committing the murder during a robbery.

He was arrested in early December 2021 in Rancho Mirage during a traffic stop.  He is jailed in Murrieta.



Courtroom gavel and desk.

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