SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/AP) — Authorities in the North Bay said a woman, her husband and her son are accused of killing her lover after the men discovered the affair.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s detectives suspect 25-year-old Antonio Botello-Arreola was shot to death over the weekend by the Lake County family.
Botello-Arreola was found in a ravine below a Toyota Previa with bullet holes in the 4500 block of Porter Creek Road after sheriff’s deputies received a call around 7:40 a.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road.
Sheriff’s detectives said he was involved in a lengthy romantic relationship with 40-year-old Maria Guadalupe Torres of Clearlake.
According to the sheriff’s office, Torres was with Botello-Arreola when they pulled off the road into a dirt turnout and she got out of the vehicle as her husband Rene Espinosa Martinez Sr. and their 20-year-old son Rene Espinoza Martinez Jr. pulled over alongside them.
The father and son did not approve of the relationship between Torres and Botello-Arreola, sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
Shots were fired into the Previa, Botello-Arreola was hit and he fled out of the passenger side. He ran to a ravine where he fell and was found dead soon after authorities found the Previa, Crum said.
Sheriff’s officials said evidence inside the Previa led detectives to a Santa Rosa motel, where they got information allegedly linking Botello-Arreola and Torres.
Torres, Espinoza Martinez Sr. and Rene Espinoza Martinez Jr. acted in concert in the homicide, Crum said.
During interviews with the suspects in Lake County, deputies learned Torres and Botello-Arreola had been in a romantic relationship. The
three family members were arrested on suspicion of homicide and conspiracy.
They were being held in Sonoma County Jail under no bail and were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
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