Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother

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Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother
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Source: District Attorney of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a jury found Arturo Herrera guilty of the willful, premeditated, and deliberate first degree murder of his brother Enrique Herrera, in violation of Penal Code section 187.  The jury further found true the special allegation that the crime was committed with the use of a deadly weapon in violation of Penal Code section 12022.

On July 4, 2016, the defendant bludgeoned his brother to death while his brother was sleeping in his bed at their home in Lompoc. 

In commenting on this verdict, District Attorney Dudley stated, "It is thanks to the hard work of Detective Scott and the entire Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department that the defendant was arrested for this brutal and horrific crime against Enrique. This successful prosecution was due to the immediate and tireless efforts of Senior Deputy District Attorney Brandon Jebens and his prosecution team."

The defendant will return to court September 20th at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Judge Lavayen in Department 8 of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria to confirm the sentencing date currently set on October 11, 2017.

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Rgutierrez74 Sep 18, 2017 11:00 AM
Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother

I was one of the jurors, I feel he was guilty on just the evidence we had, but it was all circumstantial. It was very hard case, I hope I made the right decision. I feel do bad right now.

Ducky Sep 17, 2017 02:48 PM
Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother

722, I wondered the same. Before I read the story, I assumed it was a "heat of the moment" type of encounter. So to read that the brother/victim was asleep when the attack began makes it much more curious.

420722 Sep 17, 2017 02:40 PM
Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother

I wonder if they will say why he did it? No reason could justify this killing but i can't help but wonder did he just snap or did the deceased brother do something that we will never know about.

Flicka Sep 17, 2017 08:42 AM
Man Found Guilty of Murdering Brother

Horrible a brother would kill his brother. Cain and Able? Imagine the exceptional grief for the other family members. Glad justice has been brought to this guy.

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