Prosecutors send murder case to jury

Closing arguments in the case of Tari Ramirez, the man accused of fatally stabbing a San Francisco mother of two in 2000, have wrapped up and a San Francisco Superior Court jury has began deliberations.

Prosecutors asked the jury to convict Ramirez, 35, of first-degree murder for repeatedly stabbing Claire Joyce Tempongko, a 28-year-old jewelry store worker, in front of her two young children inside her Richmond district basement apartment on Oct. 22, 2000.

A medical examiner found 21 knife wounds on Tempongko’s body, prosecutors said.

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