MAN CHARGED WITH 1991 CINCO DE MAYO MURDER OF FAMILY FRIEND TO BE ARRAIGNED AFTER NEW INVESTIGATION OF COLD CASE

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 08CF1465 
         

 


May 15, 2008

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

MAN CHARGED WITH 1991 CINCO DE MAYO MURDER OF FAMILY FRIEND TO BE ARRAIGNED AFTER NEW INVESTIGATION OF COLD CASE

 

SANTA ANA – A man recently charged with murdering a family friend on Cinco de Mayo in 1991 is scheduled to be arraigned today, Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.  Jesus Guillermo Batiz Rosales, 69, Santa Ana, was charged with one count of murder and a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal use of a firearm.  Rosales is being held on $1 million bail.  If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison. 

 

On May 5, 1991, Rosales is accused of driving to the victim’s house located on South Franklin Street.  Rosales was a friend of 23-year-old Gonzalo Mendoza’s uncle, who also lived at the residence.  Rosales is accused of getting into an argument with Mendoza and throwing a punch at the victim.  He is accused of driving away and returning 20 minutes later with a 9 mm handgun, firing one shot at the victim and hitting the victim’s chin, and killing him.  The defendant is accused of driving away from the scene and fleeing the country, leaving a job he had held for five years. 

 

The Santa Ana Police Cold Case Unit recently began re-investigating the case and requested the filing base on newly developed evidence.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.  

 

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