Police in Inyo County arrested a Meiners Oaks man wanted for the murder of his roommate. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip on May 12 that a man had admitted to killing his roommate. He also admitted to dumping the man’s body.
The deputies investigated, and discovered a bloody crime scene at a Meiners Oaks apartment. However, they did not find either resident there. Also missing was the suspect’s truck. Neighbors reported hearing an early-morning disturbance. Based on evidence at the scene, deputies believe the suspect killed his roommate with a sledgehammer.
Later the same day, the California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect and his truck. Inyo County is about four hours away from the crime scene. The truck yielded evidence that the victim’s body had been in it. To date, the suspect has been uncooperative and has not revealed the location of the victim’s body.
The suspect has a prior felony history, having pleaded guilty last year to battery with serious bodily injury. Currently, he faces a first-degree murder charge, as well as a special allegation of using a deadly weapon. The suspect remains jailed in lieu of a $2M bond. He will return to court on June 13 for an arraignment hearing.
Meiners Oaks Murder Attorney
When you face homicide charges of any kind, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Your life may literally be at stake. Although the governor has declared a moratorium on executions, juries can still use the death penalty. That’s why you need to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t risk your life on inexperienced counsel, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.
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 murder case.
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