Mom, Dad, And Son Charged In Man's Murder

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A mother, father, and son in California have been accused of conspiring to kill the mom's lover.

Authorities have reportedly charged 40-year-old Rene Espinoza Martinez Sr., his wife, Maria Guadalupe Torres, 40, and their son, Rene Espinoza Jr., 20, after they allegedly conspired to kill Torres' lover, Antonio Botello-Arreola, 25, because the father and son "didn't approve" of the relationship, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The parents and son have each been arrested for suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit a crime, People reports.

Torres and Botello-Arreola had been in a romantic relationship, according to Sgt. Spencer Crum, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

On Sept. 1, Botello-Arreola, Martinez Jr. and Sr., and Torres were reportedly on the same road in Santa Rosa, with Torres and the victim in one car and the father and son in another.

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Police said the couple pulled over, and Torres got out of the car before the father and son pulled up to the driver's side of the car, firing shots into the vehicle on the driver's side. Botello-Arreola was hit but was able to get out of the car, where he fell into a ravine nearby.

The California Highway patrol contacted the sheriff's office hours later -- when police arrived they found the Toyota minivan Botello-Arreola and Torres had been driving with bullet holes in the windows, along with the man's body in the ravine. 

"Evidence located within the vehicle led detectives to a Santa Rosa motel where they were able to get check-in information and surveillance video linking the victim to the primary suspect identified as Maria Guadalupe Torres, a 40 year-old woman from Clearlake," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Through interviews with the parties, detectives learned that Maria Torres had been involved in a lengthy romantic relationship with the victim. Maria's husband and son recently became aware of this relationship and didn't approve," the statement continued.

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The three family members were arrested the next day.

"All three of the family members acted in concert in the homicide," said the statement.

Torres, Martinez Jr., and Martinez Sr. are being held without bail, and have reportedly not yet entered pleas for the charges against them.

In another story, a Texas man who allegedly beat his wife's lover to death has been charged with murder, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Joe Anthony Robert Sandoval, 28, was accused of beating Bryan Longoria after allegedly yelling that the victim had sex with his wife. Longoria was hospitalized for his injuries, and later died.

Sandoval's wife said that she and her husband had been separated for a few months and she was in the process of getting a protective order against the man. She added that Sandoval would often come to her home and threaten her, saying that he would kill Longoria.

Sandoval was initially charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, and a murder charge was added after Longoria's death.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, People, Austin American-Statesman / Featured Image: Jacob Munk-Stander/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gavin St. Ours/Flickr, Miki Yoshihito/Flickr

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