The last person wanted in connection with the death of a 32-year-old Guadalupe man has been arrested in Arizona, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Miroslava Gonzalez Murguia, 32, is being held in the Yuma County Detention Center on a warrant on suspicion of being an accessory to murder, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn said.
Bryn said that Santa Barbara County District Attorney officials are currently processing the paperwork needed for Murguia’s extradition to California. She is from Guadalupe.
The body of Pedro Gonzalez was found Feb. 15 next to a broccoli field in Nipomo, about a quarter-mile from Division Street, amid hundreds of acres of farmland and about a half-mile from the nearest house.
An employee of San Ysidro Farms, which owns the broccoli fields, found Gonzalez. Sheriff’s officials said he had been shot. Detectives also determined the homicide occurred in Santa Barbara County and Gonzalez was moved to the field.
Murguia is one of several people arrested in connection with Gonzalez’s death. In December, authorities arrested 30-year-old Michael William Sauceda, on a $600,000 warrant.
He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of being an accessory to a homicide with a gang enhancement, Bryn said. Enhancements, which are based on the circumstances of an alleged crime, can increase prison sentences.
Alejandro “Tiny” Carrillo, 27, of Guadalupe was also charged in connection with Gonzalez’s death. Stacy Doreen Araujo, 39, of Orcutt was also arrested, but the charges against her have been dropped, Bryn said.
- Cynthia Lambert