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Man convicted of fatally shooting his wife in front of a Lake Forest hotel in 2020

LAKE FOREST — A 62-year-old man was convicted Thursday of gunning down his wife in front of a Lake Forest hotel two years ago.

Philip Douglas Whyte was convicted of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the discharge of a firearm causing death, according to court records. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19.

Whyte killed Cindy Whyte, 43, of Laguna Niguel, on June 10, 2020, at the Hilton Garden Inn Irvine Spectrum.

Deputies were called at 1:15 p.m. to the hotel at 23158 Lake Center Drive on a report of a man shooting a woman. When deputies arrived, they found the mortally injured woman outside the hotel with Whyte talking on his cellphone next to his Kia Optima, according to court papers.

Several people in the parking lot said Whyte shot the victim, according to court records.

Whyte told deputies that he wrote down what happened in a document that was in his car.

Source: Orange County Register

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