|For Immediate Release
Case # 10NF1087
February 22, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CONVICTED OF COLD CASE HALLOWEEN STABBING-MURDER OF SISTER-IN-LAW’S BOYFRIEND AND BEING LINKED TO CRIME THROUGH DNA
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of the cold case stabbing-murder of his sister-in-law’s boyfriend on Halloween night after being linked to the crime through DNA. Hector Delio Aguilar Jaramillo, 42, Lake Elsinore, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 22, 2012, of one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state at his sentencing March 9, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-44, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On the night of Oct. 31, 2006, Jaramillo entered the home and bedroom of 35-year-old Roberto Martinez-Escamilla, who was the long-time boyfriend of Jaramillo’s wife’s sister. The victim lived in the master bedroom of an Anaheim home and several other non-familial people rented rooms in the house.
Jaramillo murdered the victim as he screamed for help and struggled to get away. The defendant stabbed Martinez-Escamilla multiple times and cut the victim’s throat, almost decapitating him. The defendant then broke a bathroom window and fled through the window.
Other tenants in the home heard the victim screaming for help and called 911. The Anaheim Police Department (APD) responded to the scene, collected evidence, and investigated this case. The case went cold.
Sometime after the murder, the defendant got arrested in Riverside County for assault and his DNA was subsequently submitted to the state database. In March 2010, Jaramillo was linked to the murder through DNA found on a glove at the scene.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.