Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward announced criminal charges on Tuesday against Adel Hussein, 44, for the murder of Brittney Steenbergen of Plainview on or around New Year’s Eve. 

Hussein is charged with murder and the special circumstance of torture, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment by violence, and torture. The charges are enhanced by special allegations of strike and felony priors, use of a deadly weapon, and that the crimes inflicted great bodily injury under the circumstance of domestic violence. Hussein faces the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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