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Jul 26, 2010 9:20 PM by Ariel Wesler

Two arrested; one on the run after five month murder investigation

Two suspects are in custody tonight and investigators are looking for a third. Detectives say all three played a role in the murder of 32-year-old Pedro Gonzalez. Back in February, Gonzalez's body was found dumped in a Broccoli field on Bonita School Road in Nipomo, about a quarter mile south of Division.

Investigators say 27-year-old Alejandro Carrillo is responsible for pulling the trigger and killing 32-year-old Pedro Gonzalez of Guadalupe. In February, a driver discovered Gonzalez's body lying in a field in Nipomo, but detectives say he was killed in Santa Barbara County.

"The body was found in San Luis County and the investigation showed ties to Guadalupe," said Santa Barbara County Chief Asst. Deputy DA Ann Bramsen.

So, after more than five months and hundreds of hours of interviews, authorities have put two out of three suspects behind bars.

Carrillo is charged with first degree murder. He was already in jail for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm. 38-year-old Stacy Aajuo of Orcutt is charged with being an accessory to murder.

Meanwhile, authorities are still searching for the third suspect 34-year-old Miroslava Murguia of Guadalupe,also charged with being an accessory to murder.

"Just because a person is murdered in another county, the sheriff's department will cooperate with adjoining law enforcement agencies to bring the person's killer or killers to justice," said Commander Ron Hastie with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives say all three suspects are gang members, but Gonzalez was not.

"Gang cases are complicated because nobody wants to tell you what happened. They're afraid. They're worried about retaliation. They may be affiliated with the gang and have strong loyalties," Bramsen said.

A collaborative effort to solve a crime crossing county lines.

If convicted, the Santa Barbara County DA's office says Carrillo could get 50 years to life in prison. His accomplices could get up to 13. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday at the Santa Maria courthouse.

An award of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information on the wherabouts of Miroslava Murguia. You can remain anonymous. Just contact CrimeStoppers.

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