Note: I want to hear your reaction to this crime. Share your thoughts at the bottom of this blog post. Also, I would like to know more details about the victim, Joseph Rubacalva. I was one of the first reporters in Los Angeles County to break the details of this situation. I have included the original post just hours after the body of Mr. Rubacalva at the end of this blog.
WHITTIER -- A Pico Rivera man was charged today with the murder of a 19-year-old man whose body was found in a shallow grave in the suspect’s backyard, the District Attorney’s office announced.
Robert Charles Redd, 51 (dob 1-18-60), is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at Whittier Superior Court, Department 1. He was charged in case VA120863 with one count of murder with the special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun, said Deputy District Attorney Rosabella Reyes. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Redd allegedly shot Joseph Rubalcava once in the head on or about July 18 and buried his body in the backyard of Redd’s residence in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road. The victim’s family went searching for the missing man two days later and called authorities when they discovered the grave.
If convicted, Redd is facing 25 years to life in prison.
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By Randy Economy
Homicide detectives have converge on a residence at the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road, Tuesday night after a dead charred body was located.
According to Deputy Aura Sierra, with the Media Division with the Los
Image via WikipediaAngeles County Sheriffs Department in Monterey Park, the Pico RiveraSheriff’s departmentreceived a call around 6:30 p.m. about a charred “dead body” found.
Law enforcement and members of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office are currently at the scene, as of 12:03 a.m. Wednesday. Dep. Sierra said it was not determined if the victim was a male of female. More details to follow at www.loscerritosnews.net