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Man Charged With Murdering His Mom’s Suspected Killer
Michelle E. Luna was brutally stabbed in her home. The next day, her son Raul A. Cuevas was arrested for the fatal stabbing of her alleged killer, Jesus R. Urrutia.
An Idaho man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly killed the main suspect in his mother’s murder, which occurred the day before.
Officials allege that 31-year-old Raul A. Cuevas killed 39-year-old Jesus R. Urrutia in what they've characterized as a case of revenge. Cuevas was taken into custody and charged with one count of first-degree murder after the stabbing, according to Law & Crime.
On Tuesday, March 28, the day before Urrutia was killed, Cuevas’ mother Michelle E. Luna was fatally stabbed in her home located on W. Grouse St. in the city of Nampa.
According to first responders, the 52-year-old sustained “several stab wounds to her body,” and the life-saving measures taken by medics were not successful. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators soon identified Urrutia as a main suspect. Like Luna, Urrutia and Cuevas also resided in the Nampa area, nearly 20 miles west of Boise. According to Law & Crime, Urrutia and Luna knew one another.
Several law enforcement agencies were notified of the incident and instructed to locate Urrutia overnight.
At approximately 7:03 a.m. the next morning, the Nampa Police Department responded to a dispatcher call from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office about an additional stab victim. A press release from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as an adult male believed to be Urrutia.
Police found Urrutia “slumped over in the car, which was running but in park” in the parking lot of a gas station more than 25 miles away from Nampa. First responders performed CPR on Urrutia until paramedics arrived, and he was pronounced dead around 8 a.m. after being transported to a local hospital.
His death was classified a homicide, due to a "sharp force injury wound to the chest,” the Ada County Coroner’s Office stated. Investigators identified Cuevas as a prime suspect in Urrutia’s murder, and he was soon found in his car at the intersection of Idaho 55 and Beacon Light Road.
Daulton Stachler, manager at the gas station where Urrutia’s body was found, noted that Cuevas used the gas station’s phone to contact law enforcement to turn himself in, according to the Idaho Statesman.
After gathering evidence and speaking to Cuevas, deputies brought him to the Ada County Jail where he was charged with first-degree murder, according to People.com.
“Investigators are still figuring out why the stabbing occurred at a gas station parking lot in Avimor in north Ada County, which is over 25 miles and several towns away from Nampa,” the sheriff’s office noted in its press release.
Cuevas is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.