"He was screaming, 'Help me!' It was a brutal attack," said Sgt. Eric Orahood, Fountain Valley Police Dept. "They could actually hear strikes being made."
Police allege Sharpski and Shores waited in the apartment while the 23-year-old Santa Ana resident, Antonio Ortega, repeatedly slashed the victim with a machete, leaving him to die. Neighbors called 911.
"He lost fingers, he lost part of a hand," said Sgt. Orahood. "He had severe lacerations on head and face. It's been over a month and he's still in the hospital."
Police allege Ortega, a butcher at a Huntington Beach grocery store, was promised an undisclosed amount of money.
Authoriities suspect Shores and Sharpski would share insurance money. Shores moved in with the Sharpskis and their three children a year ago, after he lost his job.
"The victim's wife and the suspect had a relationship, and we believe it was purely to get rid of him for money," said Sgt. Orahood.
Authorities say the insurance policy was for less than $50,000.
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