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Husband and 2 suspects arrested in 1998 murder of Corrections officer

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February 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Three men were arrested Monday for a 1998 murder, including the husband of the victim.

Elizabeth Begaren, a Department of Corrections officer, was fatally shot after armed assailants stopped her and her family in their car on a 91 Freeway off-ramp in Anaheim in 1998.

Nuzzi Begaren, Elizabeth's husband at the time, was arrested Monday with two other suspects. Police were still seeking a fourth suspect.

Three days after the murder, Nuzzi Begaren described to the L.A. Times how the Jan. 17, 1998 incident allegedly occurred. He said he and Elizabeth and her 10-year-old stepdaughter were stopped in their car by a car full of assailants at the off-ramp.

He said Elizabeth decided to run, saying they would die if they stayed in the car. When one of the assailants caught up to her, she identified herself as a law-enforcement officer and showed her badge, according to Nuzzi, and she was subsequently shot.

Nuzzi claimed the men were after cash. He offered police a suspect vehicle description and a license plate number.

The couple had been married for six months.

City News Service contributed to this report.