Crime

Lompoc man found guilty of beating brother to death in his own bed

Arturo Herrera, 31, of Lompoc was found guilty of murder Friday, September 15, 2017, in the beating death of his brother, Enrique Herrera, 28, in July 2016. With him is his attorney, Sydney Bennett.
Arturo Herrera, 31, of Lompoc was found guilty of murder Friday, September 15, 2017, in the beating death of his brother, Enrique Herrera, 28, in July 2016. With him is his attorney, Sydney Bennett. Noozhawk.com

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict Friday after several days of deliberation in the case of a Lompoc man charged with murdering his brother more than a year ago after watching violent videos.

In addition to finding Arturo Herrera, 31, guilty of murder, jurors determined he used a deadly or dangerous weapon to commit the crime.

Herrera was charged with killing his younger brother, Enrique Herrera, 28, in the home they lived in with their mother west of Lompoc.

Detectives were summoned to the 4300 block of West Ocean Avenue on July 4, 2016, where they found Enrique Herrera had been killed in his bed.

An autopsy revealed he died of blunt force trauma after having his head bashed between seven and 15 times.

Despite multiple search efforts that involved sending divers into a pond and water tank, plus digging up Vandenberg Air Force Base property adjacent to the ranch, detectives never located the weapon used in the murder.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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