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William Manuel Delgado


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A charge of murder was officially filed Tuesday morning against a man accused of killing his girlfriend in Lompoc over the weekend.

The murder charge was filed against William Manuel Delgado in Lompoc Superior Court by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. Delgado was not transported from the Santa Barbara County Jail, so he was not in court Tuesday. His bail was set at $2 million and his arraignment was continued to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Santa Maria.

Delgado, 42, is accused of murdering 47-year-old Ranae Ronquillo late Friday night. Lompoc Police were called to a residence where Ronquillo was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

The District Attorney’s Office revealed Tuesday that Delgado is alleged to have used a knife to kill Ronquillo.

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Delgado was convicted in 2014 in Riverside County of felony domestic violence involving the same victim, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Delgado served a prison term for that offense.

Further, the District Attorney’s Office noted that Delgado was convicted of a felony offense of discharging a firearm with gross negligence in Riverside County in 2008.

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.