The relationship between a 54-year-old-woman and 39-year-old man may be the key in an Oxnard murder investigation.
On Saturday morning, May 4, neighbors discovered two bodies slumped in a car parked on the 600 block of South D Street.
Police said Juan Ruiz Benitez and Guadalupe Gutierrez, both of Oxnard, had been shot. At first, police considered it a double murder, now the evidence is suggesting it wasmurder-suicide. Senior Detective Luis McArthur said he doesn’t want neighbors to think a killer is on the loose.
Yvette Stout called the news a relief. Stout said there are already too many crimes in the area, which is just a few blocks from the police station.
The motive is still unclear. Police said Benitez lives nearby. They are looking for more information about the couple’s relationship.