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Second Man Arrested In The 2019 Murder Of Domestic Violence Victim Heather Gumina-Waters
Justin Kremer has been charged with being an accessory to the 2019 murder of Heather Gumina-Waters, who police believe was murdered by her husband.
Another man has been arrested in connection with the 2019 murder of a California woman.
The El Dorado Sheriff’s Department said in a press release that they found new evidence in the killing of Heather Gumina-Waters, 33, which culminated in the Thursday arrest of Justin Kremer, 40. He has been charged with accessory to murder.
Gumina-Waters’ husband Anthony Gumina was arrested in connection with her death shortly after her remains were found in 2019. Heather Gumina was last seen alive in June of that year, shortly after she was released from the hospital for a broken collarbone. Investigators believe her husband assaulted her; he had an outstanding warrant for a domestic violence charge when she vanished. Previously, Anthony was accused of attacking Heather as she held her four-year-old son in, CBS Sacramento reported in 2019. Gumina was charged with cruelty to a child by endangering their health as a result.
Anthony was charged with homicide in September of 2019 when deputies found Heather's remains in Pleasant Valley. A criminal complaint filed after his arrest alleged he killed her because she “was a witness to a crime and was intentionally killed to prevent her from testifying in criminal proceedings,” CBS Sacramento reported.
Investigators have not released how Kremer knew the victim or her husband.
“At this time, no further details are being released regarding Kremer's involvement,” the sheriff’s department told Oxygen.com via email on Monday.
Details about how Heather was killed have not yet been disclosed.
Heather had three children, who were ages 4, 10 and 14 when she died. She worked as a waitress and her former boss said she tried to work despite being injured.
“I called her and talked to her and she’s like, “I can still come to work.’ And I’m like, ‘You can’t come to work with a broken collarbone,'” Jennette Waldow told KTXL in 2019.
“My daughter was one of the most giving, loyal people I’ve ever known,” her mother Joanna Russel told KTXL. “I’m going to grieve for a very long time. It’s like the world’s worst nightmare.