Domestic Violence Ends in Murder
Domestic Abuse Ends in Murder
A Bakersfield man led detectives to the Ventura County location of his wife’s body after co-workers reported the woman missing. Gonzalo Garibay, 44, was arrested in connection with her murder, which police suspect was the result of domestic violence. Rosa Garibay, 41, was the mother of three children, and was last seen by her co-workers on Sunday, July 17.

Garibay led detectives to a remote site in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, where he had placed his wife’s body. According to Bakersfield police, they visited the Garibay home five times between 2014 and 2016, with two of the calls arising from domestic violence complaints.

Garibay was charged with a single, misdemeanor count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in 2015, but the charge was later dropped. Police removed two vehicles from the Garibay household, and indicated that one showed signs of blood spatter. The three minor children are currently in the custody of their paternal grandparents. Police said that if Garibay had not taken them to the location of his wife’s body, it likely never would have been found.

Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic violence is a complex crime, and requires the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney. In many cases, accusations of spousal abuse split apart couples and families. The situation may escalate, and result in more serious outcomes.

In many cases, couples and families can benefit from alternative early interventions, which can help avoid future incidents of domestic abuse. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your spouse or partner find alternative, non-criminal interventions that satisfy the Court and help avoid future domestic abuse allegations. The Court is always ready to adjudicate matters; that’s why it exists. Often, however a better resolution is available, and helps to re-unite families and couples while avoiding criminal convictions.

If you’re facing a domestic abuse charge, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead,

contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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